Though the national average price of gasoline is unchanged in the past week, local motorists feel squeezed.

Average gasoline prices in Riverside have risen 17.1 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.67/g today, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 481 stations in Riverside. Prices in Riverside are 29.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 1 cent per gallon lower than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has fallen 6.9 cents in the last week and stands at $4.45 per gallon.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Riverside was priced at $4.15/g yesterday while the most expensive was $6.17/g, a difference of $2.02/g. The lowest price in the state yesterday was $3.79/g while the highest was $6.51/g, a difference of $2.72/g.

The national average price of gasoline is unchanged in the last week, averaging $3.37/g today. The national average is down 2.7 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 14.5 cents per gallon lower than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

Historical gasoline prices in Riverside and the national average going back ten years:

February 20, 2022: $4.68/g (U.S. Average: $3.52/g) February 20, 2021: $3.52/g (U.S. Average: $2.64/g) February 20, 2020: $3.44/g (U.S. Average: $2.46/g) February 20, 2019: $3.24/g (U.S. Average: $2.38/g) February 20, 2018: $3.35/g (U.S. Average: $2.52/g) February 20, 2017: $2.91/g (U.S. Average: $2.28/g) February 20, 2016: $2.38/g (U.S. Average: $1.71/g) February 20, 2015: $2.88/g (U.S. Average: $2.27/g) February 20, 2014: $3.78/g (U.S. Average: $3.38/g) February 20, 2013: $4.25/g (U.S. Average: $3.77/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:

  • San Bernardino — $4.62/g, up 16.7 cents per gallon from last week’s $4.45/g.
  • Orange County — $4.75/g, up 14.9 cents per gallon from last week’s $4.60/g.
  • Los Angeles — $4.74/g, up 12.9 cents per gallon from last week’s $4.61/g.
Riverside Motorists Feel Squeezed at Pump

Patrick DeHaan

“Motorists across many areas of the country have seen gas prices inching down for another week, while some states have moved higher. We’ve seen some refinery challenges in pockets of the country, while others are starting the transition to summer gasoline, weighing on prices. For diesel, the outlook remains bright with prices continuing to fall, ” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “Oil prices have softened over the last week, helping to limit any upside at the pump, with strong economic data leading to concern that the Fed will continue to use interest rates to slow the economy. This could weaken demand as we head into the peak summer driving season. For diesel, the great news is that the most common price in the U.S. for diesel is now $3.99 per gallon, with average prices continuing to drop. In the next couple of weeks, diesel will finally flip to deflationary compared to a year ago, which is excellent news for the economy.”

Image Sources

  • Patrick DeHaan: GasBuddy
  • Man shocked at gas pump: Shutterstock