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For Release: Friday, March 12, 2021
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Average Energy Prices, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim – February 2021
Gasoline prices averaged $3.506 a gallon in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim area in February 2021, the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard
Holden noted that area gasoline prices were similar to last February when they averaged $3.535 per gallon.
Los Angeles area households paid an average of 21.9 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in February
2021, higher than the 19.3 cents price per kWh paid in February 2020. The average cost of utility (piped) gas
at $1.379 per therm in February was higher than the $1.252 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are
not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $3.506 a gallon, Los Angeles area consumers paid 37.0 percent more than the $2.559 national average in
February 2021. A year earlier, consumers in the Los Angeles area paid 39.7 percent more than the national
average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has ranged from 23.9 to 39.7 percent
above the national average in the month of February during the past five years. (See chart 1.)
The 21.9 cents per kWh Los Angeles households paid for electricity in February 2021 was 59.9 percent more
than the nationwide average of 13.7 cents per kWh. Last February, electricity costs were 44.0 percent higher in
Los Angeles compared to the nation. In the past five years, prices paid by Los Angeles area consumers for
electricity exceeded the U.S. average by 34.1 percent or more in the month of February. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Los Angeles area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were
$1.379 per therm, 22.7 percent more than the national average in