PASADENA, CA — If you’ve done any traveling by car in the months leading up to Christmas, you’ve likely noticed higher-than-normal gas prices in and around Pasadena.
Are we in for any relief at the pumps this Christmas? A little, but motorists will still be paying an average of $1.19 more per gallon than they did a year ago, according to a recent report by AAA.
At the start of December, the national average price for a gallon of gas was $3.35, down seven cents from November.
While it’s been two months since we’ve seen gas prices this low, the drop has mostly been fueled by fears of a COVID-19-related global economic slowdown, according to AAA.
So how much can you expect to pay at the pump in Pasadena this Christmas?
AAA data shows the average price for a gallon of gas in Los Angeles County was $4.67 on Wednesday. Average prices are updated daily. Last year, the average price of gas in the county was $3.20.
If you live in the western United States, you’re likely paying some of the highest gas prices in the nation. As of Dec. 9, gas prices were as much as $4.68 in California, $3.90 in Nevada, $3.87 in Washington state and $3.78 in Oregon.
Meanwhile, southern Plains states including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri are enjoying the nation’s lowest gas prices, ranging from $2.91 to $2.96 per gallon.