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Holiday Travelers See Price Drop At Pumps

Modesto gas prices fell 5.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.33/gallon on Dec. 23, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 201 stations. Gas prices in Modesto are 34.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 16.1 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Modesto was priced at $2.93 on Monday, Dec. 23 while the most expensive was $4.19, a difference of $1.26/gallon. The lowest price in the state today was $2.62 while the highest was $5.19, a difference of $2.57/gallon. The cheapest price in the entire country on Dec. 23 stood at $1.64/gallon while the most expensive was $5.19, a difference of $3.55/gallon.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.53. The national average is down 5.9 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 22.1 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices include: Stockton - $3.37/gallon, down 7.7 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.45; Oakland - $3.59, down 6.8 cents per gallon from $3.66; and San Jose - $3.52, down 4.0 cents per gallon from $3.56/gallon.

“With motorists preparing to hit the road to celebrate holidays with loved ones, the national average has seen its seventh weekly decline, falling to a fresh low since March,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “Closing out 2019 will likely see some additional downward momentum, but the next million dollar question motorists are beginning to ask: what will the new decade bring to the pump? What’s 2020 going to look like? GasBuddy is preparing to answer those questions just in time for the New Year, but for now, motorists need not worry, and should continue to enjoy affordable gasoline prices in nearly all states – and that’s a terrific end to 2019 as well.”

GasBuddy is the authoritative voice for gas prices and the only source for station-level data spanning nearly two decades. GasBuddy’s survey updates 288 times every day from the most diverse list of sources covering nearly 150,000 stations nationwide, the most comprehensive and up-to-date in the country. GasBuddy data is accessible at