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Slow Rise At Pumps As Summer Arrives

Gas prices in the Modesto region have risen just 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week. Pump prices averaged $4.12/gallon as of June 21, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 201 stations in Modesto. Gas prices in Modesto are 10.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.30/gallon higher than a year ago.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Modesto was priced at $3.75/gallon on Monday, June 21 while the most expensive was $4.49, a difference of 74.0 cents per gallon. The lowest price in the state Monday was $3.46 while the highest was $5.49, a difference of $2.03/gallon.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.05/gallon on June 21. The national average is up 2.0 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 93.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

“The ferocious rise in gas prices has finally started to cool as gas prices have eased across a majority of the country for the first time in months,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “There have been some challenges in pockets across the country as demand remains very healthy, and stations in some areas where demand is very high struggle to keep up with demand thanks to the truck driver shortage. As we head toward the July 4 holiday, I’m optimistic that we’ll continue to see prices slowly drift lower before possibly rising in later July or August should we see any disruptions from hurricane season. But for now it seems most Americans are simply happy to be getting outside and back to some sense of normal.”

In the last 10 years, the highest price for gas in Modesto on June 21 was $3.95/gallon in 2014, with the U.S. average also the highest that year, $3.68 per gallon.

Lowest price locally in the last 10 years was recorded in 2016, at $2.73/gallon while the lowest U.S. average price in the last decade was $2.12/gallon in 2020.

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices include: Stockton - $4.13/gallon, down 2.7 cents per gallon from last week’s $4.15; Oakland - $4.27, down 1.4 cents from last week’s $4.28; San Jose - $4.28, down 0.3 cents from last week’s $4.28/gallon.

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