But its beauty is not the only thing that has put Mendocino in the national spotlight in recent months. Now the small coastal town of about 1,000 people has another distinction: the most expensive gas in the entire United States.
The sole service station in the tiny pastel-hued village, Schlafer's Auto Body & Repair, is currently charging $6.73 per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, according to the station's owner, Judith Schlafer. According to Patrick De Haan, head of Petroleum Analysis at the travel and navigation app GasBuddy, which tracks fuel prices, that whopping per gallon figure makes Schlafer's the single most expensive gas station in the entire country.
De Haan notes that this particular service station has been on GasBuddy's radar for some time. "[I]t appears to be priced much, much above the average for as long as we've tracked this station," De Haan wrote in an email.