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Gasoline averages $5.50 per gallon in Ceres
• Democrats kill effort to suspend gas tax
Shell gas price hike March 2022
The Shell station at Fourth Street and El Camino Avenue had their lowest grade gasoline at $5.49 per gallon yesterday, which was less than the $5.89 being charged at the Chevron station just blocks away. Gas prices have shot up tremendously in the past two weeks. - photo by Jeff Benziger

Average gasoline prices in Ceres are unchanged in the last week, averaging $5.50/g on Monday, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 10 stations in Ceres. Prices are $1.47 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.83 per gallon higher than a year ago.

The cheapest gasoline in Ceres was $5.29 found at the three AM/PM stations in Ceres. Gas at 7-Eleven at 1305 Herndon Road was $5.39 per gallon. Gas was $5.49 at four stations: the downtown Shell station, Flyers at 1240 Whitmore Ave., 76 and Cruisers at Whitmore and Mitchell and the Quik Stop on Service Road. Chevron had the highest gas prices, $5.89 at the station near Ceres High School and the 7-Eleven station at Service and Mitchell roads.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Modesto was priced at $4.99 on Sunday while the most expensive was $6.09/g, a difference of $1.10/g. The lowest price in the state yesterday was $4.89/g while the highest was $8.09/g, a difference of $3.20/g.

The national average price of gasoline is unchanged in the last week, averaging $4.32/g today. The national average is up 83.6 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.47/g higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

Historical gasoline prices in Ceres and the national average going back 10 years:

March 14, 2021: $3.68/g (U.S. Average: $2.86/g)

March 14, 2020: $3.01/g (U.S. Average: $2.23/g)

March 14, 2019: $3.18/g (U.S. Average: $2.53/g)

March 14, 2018: $3.19/g (U.S. Average: $2.52/g)

March 14, 2017: $2.81/g (U.S. Average: $2.28/g)

March 14, 2016: $2.35/g (U.S. Average: $1.94/g)

March 14, 2015: $3.25/g (U.S. Average: $2.43/g)

March 14, 2014: $3.76/g (U.S. Average: $3.52/g)

March 14, 2013: $3.97/g (U.S. Average: $3.70/g)

March 14, 2012: $4.29/g (U.S. Average: $3.82/g)

“After a furious increase in the national average over the last two weeks, the top appears to be in with average gas prices slowly starting to decline over the last few days,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysts at GasBuddy. “While the decrease could be short-lived, it is nonetheless a well-needed break from the large surge in gas prices we’ve experienced over the last few weeks. The situation remains fluid, and escalations remain very possible, if not likely. For now, a $4.50 per gallon national average is off the table, but it certainly could be a future possibility as long as there is conflict between Russia and Ukraine.”

GasBuddy is the authoritative voice for gas prices and the only source for station-level data spanning nearly two decades. Unlike AAA’s once daily survey and the Lundberg Survey, updated once every two weeks based on a small fraction of U.S. gasoline stations, 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

As Californians struggle to fill their tanks, Assembly Democrats on Monday killed a Republican proposal to immediately bring down the price of gas by suspending California’s 51-cent-per-gallon gas tax. California drivers face the highest gas prices in the country, and at $5.74 per gallon; fuel costs here are $1.41 per gallon above the national average. 

“Capitol Democrats had the chance to provide struggling Californians with immediate relief at the gas pump. They refused,” said Assemblyman James Gallagher (Yuba City). “High gas prices and inflation are devastating California families, but Capitol Democrats’ only solution seems to be ‘buy a Tesla.’”

During the Assembly floor session, Republicans moved to advance AB 1638, which would suspend California’s state gas tax for six months, and backfill the revenue from the state’s budget surplus, which could exceed $69 billion. The motion was killed on a 18-40 vote, with all Republicans voting to suspend the tax. Not a single Democrat voted for the effort.