Gas Prices: 25 Most Expensive Cities

Gasoline priced at $5.89 for regular is advertised at a Shell station, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.(Lynne Sladky/AP Photo)

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average price of gasoline nationwide rose  to $3.72 per gallon for the week of February 27, but good luck trying to find that price at the pump in many areas of the country.

According to the Associated Press,  the nationwide price price of gas has spiked 34 cents in the last year and is expected to reach $4.25 by late April. The figure would be a 14-cent increase from the July 2008 high of  $4.11 average price per gallon.
But in 12 California cities, the average price of gas has already surpassed $4.25.
"California typically has higher gas prices due to the special blend of gas mandated by the state. This blend of gas burns more cleanly for pollution control," said Jason Toews, a co-founder of  "Also, there was a refinery fire at a BP refinery in Washington state that has led to regional supply disruptions."
The price of crude oil and upheaval in some parts of the world has also played a role in rising gas prices, according to analysts.  "Any time you have uncertainly with Middle Eastern countries, speculators drive up the price of crude oil," said Towes.  "If war breaks out with Iran, that could cause gas prices to go even higher - even as high as $5 or $6 per gallon."

With gas prices continuing to inch up, we asked Gasbuddy to compile a list of areas with the highest prices.

Here's a list of the 25 highest gas prices across the nation:
  1. Santa Barbara CA 4.350
  2. San Francisco CA 4.346
  3. Los Angeles CA 4.330
  4. San Diego CA 4.315
  5. Ventura CA 4.314
  6. Orange County CA 4.312
  7. Riverside CA 4.293
  8. San Jose CA 4.284
  9. San Bernardino CA 4.279
  10. Oakland CA 4.276
  11. Bakersfield CA 4.276
  12. Salinas CA 4.265
  13. Fresno CA 4.205
  14. Stockton CA 4.201
  15. Sacramento CA 4.200
  16. Honolulu HI 4.197
  17. Modesto CA 4.189
  18. Chico CA 4.181
  19. Anchorage AK 3.993
  20. New York City NY 3.993
  21. Long Island NY 3.988
  22. Medford OR 3.984
  23. Seattle WA 3.962
  24. Eugene OR 3.961
  25. Bridgeport CT 3.958