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California Gasoline Prices Adjusted for Inflation
Historical Yearly Average California Gasoline
Prices per Gallon 1970 to 2012
Based on 2010 Dollars, Adjusted for Inflation
(Gross Domestic Product Implicit Price Deflator)

Graphic Showing Inflation-Adjusted Historic National Gasoline Prices
From 1920 to 2007 from The New York Times


Year Yearly Average Price
Regular Gasoline (Dollars)
Peak Price,
Regular Gasoline (Dollars)
Price Deflator
(2010=100)
Yearly Average Price,
Regular Gasoline (Inflation Adjusted)
Peak Price,
Regular Gasoline
(Inflation Adjusted)
19700.3420.1781.920
19710.3580.1861.929
19720.3490.1921.821
19730.3860.2041.895
19740.5280.2262.335
19750.5870.2472.378
19760.6100.2612.337
19770.6470.2782.328
19780.6530.2992.183
19790.8960.3332.692
19801.2280.3783.251
19811.3461.4320.4173.2283.434
19821.2460.4432.815
19831.1160.4572.444
19841.1290.4772.369
19851.1150.4932.260
19860.8740.5031.738
19870.8860.5211.701
19880.9050.5421.669
19890.9730.5681.712
19901.0900.5991.819
19911.1530.6241.847
19921.1000.6431.710
19931.2240.6621.848
19941.2100.6801.780
19951.2151.2820.6991.7391.835
19961.3171.5490.7191.8312.154
19971.3341.4490.7361.8121.969
19981.1651.3010.7471.5591.741
19991.3621.6370.7641.7832.143
20001.6631.8490.7902.1062.342
20011.6321.9540.8122.0102.407
20021.5141.6220.8251.8361.967
20031.8312.1450.8442.1702.542
20042.1202.4020.8662.4472.773
20052.4733.0560.8952.7623.413
20062.8093.3320.9243.0393.605
20073.0773.4610.9513.2373.640
20083.5124.5880.9873.5584.649
20092.6783.1530.9842.7223.205
20103.0913.2871.0003.0913.287
20113.8714.2571.0203.7384.169
20124.0344.6591.0403.8834.484

Sources:

California Energy Commission, Fuels and Transportation Division, Fossil Fuels Office

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Consumer Price Index; Moody's Analytics
"1981 peak price: For August 1981 per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as reported in the Energy Commission's 1983 Annual Petroleum Review Vol. 1, p 88"

Updated prices from Energy Information Administration, Weekly Retail Gasoline and Diesel Prices
website: http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/pet/pet_pri_gnd_dcus_nus_w.htm

Peak Prices:
1995 Week of May 22, 1995
1996 Week of May 6, 1996
1997 Week of September 15, 1997
1998 Week of January 5, 1998
2008 Week of June 16, 2008
2009 Week of September 14, 2009
2010 Week of November 15, 2010
2011 Week of May 2, 2011
2012 week of October 8, 2012

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