Gas prices, which have been rising steadily since late December, showed no sign of halting their upward move this week in the South Sound.
Average prices in the Tacoma area were up nearly a dime a gallon in the last seven days according to The News Tribune’s Gas Deal Finder.
Those prices were $3.856 for a gallon of unleaded regular here Friday compared with $3.76 a week ago. A month earlier, the average price was $3.531.
Prices still are falling short of those last year in early March when the average price of a gallon in the South Sound was just short of $4 a gallon, $3.998.
Though our prices are giving us pump shock, they’re modest compared with those in California where the average was $4.22 a gallon Friday. That’s more than 36 cents more per gallon than in the South Sound. On a 20-gallon fill-up, that price difference would be $7.28.
California prices were the second highest in the country this week trailing only Hawaii where the average price was $4.363 a gallon.
In some tourist-oriented locales in Southern California, prices were considerably higher. In the seaside town of Cambria on California’s central coast I saw prices just below $5 a gallon for premium earlier this week.
In Tacoma, the least expensive gas was available at the Arco station at South 56th and Orchard streets. The price there Friday was $3.66 a gallon. In the Olympia area, another Arco was the low price king for Thurston County at $3.69 a gallon. That station is located at Martin Way East and Ranger Drive Southeast.
Seventeen states had higher average gas prices than Washington.