Sonora, CA — Gas prices are on the rise in California, but remain steady in other areas across the U.S.
According to AAA spokesperson Sean Comey, California requires a cleaner burning fuel which makes it more expensive to produce.
The national average for regular unleaded is $2.33, while the state average is $2.66. Comey says most experts still believe $0.43 is a higher premium than customers should be expected to pay.
According to AAA statistics, currently the lowest price for regular unleaded in Sonora is $2.76, in Angels Camp $2.78, and in Murphys $2.86.
As to why some areas of the state are higher than others, Comey says stations often cite distribution costs. If an area is further away from the source, it can be more expensive to transport the fuel.
Comey also adds that there is often less competition in the lighter populated areas of the state, which can lead to higher prices.
Written by BJ Hansen