The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles area fell for the third consecutive week, slipping 5.1 cents to $2.456 for the week ended Feb. 27. The week before, prices dipped 4.3 cents to $2.507.

L.A. prices are 24 cents higher than they were a year ago, according to the federal Energy Information Administration. Los Angeles had the highest price per gallon of the cities surveyed for the fourth week. San Francisco was in second place, falling 5 cents to $2.388.

Statewide, prices lost 3.4 cents to $2.439 from $2.473 one week earlier, leaving them 26.3 cents higher than year-ago rates. California was the most expensive state out of those surveyed for the third week.

Texas had the lowest-priced gas of the states surveyed, at $2.124 per gallon, and the city with the cheapest gas was Houston, which fell 4.4 cents to $2.105 per gallon.

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