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San Diego gas prices have risen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.63 a gallon, as of Nov. 22, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 784 stations in San Diego.

Gas prices in San Diego are 15.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand at $1.50/gallon higher than a year ago.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in San Diego as of Nov. 22 is priced at $3.79/gallon while the most expensive is $5.59/gallon, a difference of $1.80/g. The lowest price in the state is $3.84/gallon while the highest is $6.39/gallon, a difference of $2.55/gallon.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 1.9 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.39/gallon. The national average is up 2.8 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.30/gallon higher than a year ago.

Historical gasoline prices in San Diego and the national average going back 10 years:

  • Nov. 22, 2020: $3.12/g (U.S. Average: $2.10/g)
  • Nov. 22, 2019: $3.90/g (U.S. Average: $2.60/g)
  • Nov. 22, 2018: $3.60/g (U.S. Average: $2.55/g)
  • Nov. 22, 2017: $3.22/g (U.S. Average: $2.52/g)
  • Nov. 22, 2016: $2.74/g (U.S. Average: $2.13/g)
  • Nov. 22, 2015: $2.77/g (U.S. Average: $2.07/g)
  • Nov. 22, 2014: $3.10/g (U.S. Average: $2.82/g)
  • Nov. 22, 2013: $3.57/g (U.S. Average: $3.22/g)
  • Nov. 22, 2012: $3.78/g (U.S. Average: $3.43/g)
  • Nov. 22, 2011: $3.75/g (U.S. Average: $3.33/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:

  • Riverside- $4.60/gallon, up 1.5 cents per gallon from last week’s $4.58/gallon.
  • San Bernardino- $4.57/gallon, up 1 cent per gallon from last week’s $4.56/gallon.
  • Orange County- $4.66/gallon, up 0.9 cents per gallon from last week’s $4.65/gallon.

“With oil prices plunging nearly $10 from the recent peak of $85 per barrel, motorists will start to see gas prices decline nationwide, just in time for Thanksgiving, and the decline could stretch for several weeks,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.

“It’s not impossible- so long as oil prices hold near these levels or continue falling- that the national average could shed 15 to 30 cents per gallon over the coming weeks, while some areas like California could see declines of as much as 25 to 40 cents. While there’s reason to be optimistic that the peak of gas prices will soon be behind us, the decline in the price of oil is likely reflecting the possibility of a coordinated global release of oil from strategic reserves. If that doesn’t happen, oil could again rally. However, with Covid cases on the rise again reducing global demand, it does seem the most likely outcome will be a drop in gas prices that could last several weeks.”

GasBuddy is the authoritative voice for gas prices and the only source for station-level data spanning nearly two decades. Unlike AAA’s once-daily survey covering credit card transactions at 100,000 stations and the Lundberg Survey, updated once every two weeks based on 7,000 gas stations, GasBuddy’s survey updates 288 times every day from the most diverse list of sources covering nearly 150,000 stations nationwide, the most comprehensive and up-to-date in the country. GasBuddy data is accessible at http://prices.GasBuddy.com.

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