The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles area soared after it fell slightly last week following two consecutive weeks of increases, rising 10.1 cents to $2.536 for the week ended Jan. 30. The week before, prices dipped fourth-tenths of a cent to $2.435.

L.A. prices are 45.6 cents higher than they were a year ago, according to the federal Energy Information Administration. Los Angeles finally topped Miami to have the highest price per gallon of the cities surveyed. Miami edged up nine-tenths of a cent to $2.470, dropping to third place behind San Francisco's $2.514.

Statewide, prices rose 8.9 cents to $2.513 from $2.424 one week earlier, leaving them 47.9 cents higher than year-ago rates. New York out-priced California for the seventh week in a row, slipping seven-tenths of a cent to $2.586, to remain the most expensive state out of those surveyed.

Minnesota had the lowest-priced gas of the states surveyed, at $2.208 per gallon, and the city with the cheapest gas was Denver, which rose two-tenths of a cent to $2.222 per gallon.

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