City-level data reveals Sacramento consumes most gasoline per capita; Los Angeles and San Diego top sellers
August 26, 2021 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley has advocated for and obtained additional new data that reveals how much gasoline is consumed at the city level. Joint Venture applauds the California Energy Commission (CEC) for making public a list of 375 California cities that details how much gasoline is sold at retail gas stations in those cities. In January, the CEC released an initial list of 30 cities.
“In Silicon Valley, we use data and metrics to improve lives. This decision from the California Energy Commission will open the door to data and will enable cities to craft the policies we need to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint,” said San José Mayor Sam Liccardo, a Joint Venture Silicon Valley board member and signatory of the letter to the CEC.
The data reveals that Los Angeles and San Diego sell the most gasoline annually, at 511 million gallons and 455 million gallons, respectively. Of the largest cities, Sacramento consumes the most gasoline per capita, at 541 gallons per person per year. Riverside County’s city of Corona tops the overall list for per capita gasoline consumption, at 665 gallons per year.
“Burning gasoline – primarily in cars, trucks and SUVs – is the biggest source of human-caused carbon emissions in California,” said Janelle London, executive director of Joint Venture’s Beyond Gasoline initiative and co-executive director of the nonprofit, Coltura. “Giving the public access to city-level data on gasoline sales will allow residents to track their community’s progress on clean air and climate goals, and to hold themselves and their elected official accountable for cutting gasoline consumption.”
The CEC collects annual gasoline sales volumes from retail gas stations throughout the state. Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Coltura, and elected officials from across Silicon Valley advocated for publication of city gasoline sales data to help local governments set gasoline reduction goals and to evaluate the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing transportation emissions.
Mayor Liccardo was joined in writing a letter to the CEC by Joint Venture Silicon Valley board members David Pine, Supervisor San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Susan Ellenberg, Supervisor Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Woodside Mayor Daniel Yost, Matt Mahan, San Jose Councilmember, and Mark Danaj, Fremont City Manager.
The CEC website includes a link to the broader set of gasoline sales for 375 cities. Advocates also obtained more detailed data from the CEC including number of gas stations per city and gasoline sales volumes by zip code.
The CEC website includes the top 30 cities by gasoline sales in millions of gallons:
Top 30 Cities - Gasoline Sales (Million of Gallons)
About Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Established in 1993, Joint Venture provides analysis and action on issues affecting the Silicon Valley economy and quality of life. The organization brings together established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues, launch projects and work toward innovative solutions. For more information, visit www.jointventure.org.
Coltura is a west-coast based nonprofit improving climate, health and equity by accelerating the switch from gasoline and diesel to cleaner alternatives. Since its founding in 2014, Coltura has focused on cutting gasoline use through innovative legal and policy pathways, media, and art. For more info, visit www.coltura.org.