Introduction to Shasta Lake, California

Shasta Lake, California, in Shasta county, is 6 miles N of Reading, California and 152 miles N of Sacramento, California. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Redding metropolitan area with. 

Shasta Lake History

Shasta Lake was originally inhabited by the Wintu Native Americans. The city began as the town of Central Valley. In developed in 1938 during construction of Shasta Dam. The Toyon School was the first elementary school in the town. The city was incorporated on July 2, 1993.

Shasta Lake and Nearby Attractions

  • Carter House Natural Science Museum.
  • Turtle Bay Museums & Arboretum.
  • Shasta State Historic Park.
  • Castle Crags State Park.
  • McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park.
  • Redding Museum of Art and History.

Things To Do In Shasta Lake

Local parks include the McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park and the Castle Crags State Park. The Redding Museum of Art and History, the Turtle Bay Museum & Arboretum and the Carter House Natural Science Museum are accessible from Shasta Lake as well. The Shasta County Library is the local library. The Shasta State Historic Park is also nearby.

Shasta Lake Transportation

Sacramento International is the nearest major airport.

Shasta Lake Higher Education

California State University-Chico, Shasta College and Butte College are some of the local colleges and universities.


Total Population 10,146
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 15.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,062
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 47.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.1%
Median Earnings25+ $26,444
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,371
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,632


Median Family Income $55,568
% Above Poverty Level 80.3%
% Below Poverty Level 19.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 6.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 29.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,000
Median House Value $154,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.5%
US/American 0%
English 9.5%
Irish 14.6%

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

Shasta Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles N of Redding, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 152 miles N of Sacramento, California
County Shasta
Metro Area Redding
Standard Zip Codes 96019
P.O. Box Zip Codes 96079, 96089
Phone Area Codes 530
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.68
Longitude -122.369

Shasta Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 53 F
Apr Temp 48 to 68 F
Jul Temp 68 to 95 F
Oct Temp 55 to 76 F
Annual Precip 63.4 inches
Distance 9.7 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 53 F
Apr Temp 44 to 69 F
Jul Temp 63 to 96 F
Oct Temp 49 to 77 F
Annual Precip 63.2 inches
Distance 11.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Central Valley (96019, 96079)

Project City (96079)

Summit City (96089)

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
Redding 91,063 $56,273

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

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Serves 1,072 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.4

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Serves 137 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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Serves 19 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

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