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Overview

Introduction to Redding

The California city of Redding, located on the Sacramento River approximately 15 miles south of Shasta Lake, is the county seat of Shasta County. The city is connected to surrounding areas by the I-5 freeway, U.S. Highway 299, California State Highway 44 and California State Highway 273. Redding is the largest city in the northern Sacramento Valley and also the largest city on the 470-mile stretch of Interstate 5 which runs between Sacramento, California and Eugene, Oregon. Both Redding and its southerly neighbor Red Bluff are popular with tourists as bases to explore Lake Shasta, Lassen Volcanic National Park and other nearby natural attractions.

Redding History

Incorporated in 1887, Redding was named for Benjamin B. Redding, the first land agent for the California and Oregon Railroad. In 1874, a bill was introduced in the legislature changing the name to "Reading" in honor of city founder Pierson B. Reading. The railroad, however, would not recognize the change, and the original spelling was restored in 1880. During the twentieth century, Redding's main industry was lumber, but in present-day Redding, the two major industries are law and medicine.

Redding Attractions

Redding offers a variety of entertainment options including night clubs, shopping malls, movie theaters and fine dining. A number of fairs and community festivals are held throughout the year. The Redding Convention Center features a variety of entertainment throughout the year from antique shows to country and western music. Museums in Redding include the Redding Museum of Art & History, which exhibits contemporary art and also features a large collection of local Indian artifacts, and the Carter House Natural Science Museum. The Redding Arboretum offers beautiful trails, wildlife views and a glimpse of the Sacramento Valley as it was 300 years ago. The Schreder Planetarium is another local attraction which offers showings each Friday night.

Natural attractions abound in the region surrounding Redding. Mt. Lassen, rising 10,457 feet above sea level, is visible to the east. Snowcapped Mt. Shasta, visible to the north, towers over 14,000 feet above sea level. Other local attractions include:

  • Lake Shasta Caverns.
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park (approximately an hours drive to the east on Route 44).
  • Shasta State Historic Park (3 miles west on Route 299).
  • Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp.
  • Camden House & El Dorado Mine (15 miles west on Route 299).
  • Lake Shasta (15 miles north on I-5).
  • Whiskeytown Lake (about 8 miles west on Route 299).

Many captivating resorts can be found around the Shasta Lake Area, and several maintained campgrounds are available for public use within the National Forest boundaries.

For sports fans, the closest professional team resides in Chico, about 80 miles to the south. The Chico Outlaws are an independent baseball team playing in the Golden Baseball League (GBL). Fans willing to take the 3-hour drive to Sacramento can view the NBA Kings, the WNBA Monarchs, the World Indoor Soccer League Knights and the River Cats, which is the Minor League Baseball AAA affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.

People

Total Population 91,063
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 18.3%
Employed Population 16+ 36,180
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 45.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.9%
Median Earnings25+ $31,628
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,569
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,414

Wealth

Median Family Income $56,273
% Above Poverty Level 81.2%
% Below Poverty Level 18.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.1%
Median Gross Rent $962
Median House Value $225,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 9%
Irish 10.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Redding Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 146 miles N of Sacramento, California
County Shasta
Metro Area Redding
Standard Zip Codes 96001, 96002, 96003
P.O. Box Zip Codes 96049, 96099
Phone Area Codes 530
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.586
Longitude -122.39

Redding Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station REDDING MUNICIPAL AP
Distance 6.8 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 55 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 64 to 99 F
Oct Temp 48 to 78 F
Annual Precip 33.5 inches
Station TRINITY RIVER HATCHERY
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 47 F
Apr Temp 37 to 66 F
Jul Temp 52 to 92 F
Oct Temp 39 to 73 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches
Station DUNSMUIR TREATMENT PLANT
Distance 41.8 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 35 to 65 F
Jul Temp 51 to 90 F
Oct Temp 38 to 73 F
Annual Precip 61.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Redding, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Keswick (96001)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Anderson 10,122 $41,818
Shasta Lake 10,146 $55,568

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Redding Public Libraries

Library
Shasta County Library
1855 SHASTA ST.
Redding, California
(530) 225-5769
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Redding Hospitals

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2175 ROSALINE AVE, CLAIRMONT HGTS
(530) 225-6101
Emergency Service: Yes

SHASTA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1100 BUTTE STREET
(530) 244-5400
Emergency Service: Yes

PATIENTS' HOSPITAL OF REDDING
(Proprietary)
2900 EUREKA WAY
(530) 225-8700
Emergency Service: No

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Redding High Schools

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SHASTA HIGH
2500 EUREKA WAY
530-241-4161
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,732 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.1

ENTERPRISE HIGH
3411 CHURN CREEK ROAD
530-222-6601
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,449 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

MODOC CHARTER
1135 PINE ST. SUITE A
530-229-0948
A Charter School.
Serves 415 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.8

LIVE OAK COMMUNITY/EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER
3711 OASIS RD.
530-225-0360
A Non-traditional School
Serves 298 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

SHASTA SECONDARY HOME
1401 GOLD STREET
530-245-2600
A Charter School.
Serves 220 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

NORTH STATE INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL
2200 EUREKA WAY
530-245-2760
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 211 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 31

PIONEER CONTINUATION HIGH
2650 8TH ST.
530-243-1880
A Non-traditional School
Serves 184 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

SPECIAL EDUCATION
1644 MAGNOLIA AVE.
530-225-0221
A Special Education School
Serves 176 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.4

SHASTA COUNTY JUVENILE COURT
2680 RADIO LANE
530-225-0360
A Non-traditional School
Serves 96 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

STELLAR CHARTER SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY AND HOME STUD
5885 EAST BONNYVIEW ROAD
530-245-7730
A Charter School.
Serves 84 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

SHASTA LAKE ALTERNATIVE
14732 BASS DRIVE
530-275-7131
A Non-traditional School
Serves 72 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

ACADEMIC OPTIONS
2200 EUREKA WAY
530-245-2637
A Non-traditional School
Serves 51 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.6

STELLAR SECONDARY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
5885 E. BONNYVIEW RD.
530-245-7730
A Charter School.
Serves 41 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

ALTERNATIVE/OPPORTUNITY
1644 MAGNOLIA AVE.
530-225-0303
A Non-traditional School
Serves 41 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.9

FREEDOM HIGH (COMMUNITY DAY)
2200 EUREKA WAY
530-245-2660
A Non-traditional School
Serves 30 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

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