The gas price in Gorda, California reached $7.59 dollars per gallon of regular gasoline, while the price of premium gasoline reached $8.50 per gallon.
As reported by ABC 7, Gorda has long been known for having the highest prices in the country, having only one gas station. The next closest station is 40 miles to the north and 12 miles to the south.
The city is located in a rural part of the state of California, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
While prices in Gorda tend to be the highest in the country, they are also an indicator of the value of fuel in the rest of the United States.
On the rise nationwide
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), gas prices continue to rise steadily. This Thursday it reached $3.37 per gallon, a difference of 2.37% over last week, 6% over last month, and more than 50% over the previous year.
AAA’s prices are in line with Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicators, which suggest that the current fuel price is the highest since September 2014.
California has been the hardest hit by rising gas prices, with the average cost reaching $4.53 per gallon on Thursday, according to AAA data. It is followed by Nevada and Washington, at $3.91 and $3.87 per gallon, respectively.
Despite having a wide range of oil and natural gas resources of its own, regulations in its fuel market have made California one of the most dependent states on foreign oil resources.
The Biden administration in August called on OPEC+ countries, especially energy producers in the Middle East and Russia, to increase their oil production, citing high gasoline prices for Americans.