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Shasta County, California
Seal of Shasta County, California
Map of California highlighting Shasta County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
California's location in the U.S.
Founded 1850
Seat Redding
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

3,847 sq mi (9,964 km²)
3,785 sq mi (9,803 km²)
62 sq mi (161 km²), 1.62%
 - (2000)
 - Density

44/sq mi (17/km²)

Shasta County is a county located in the northern portion of the U.S. state of California, in the Cascade Mountains. As of 2000 the population was 163,256. The county seat is Redding.

Among the tourist attractions in Shasta County is Lassen Peak, Shasta Lake, and the Lassen Volcanic National Park.

History[edit | edit source]

Shasta County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. Parts of the county's territory were given to Siskiyou County in 1852, and to Tehama County in 1856.

The county was named after Mount Shasta; the name "Shasta" is derived from the English equivalent for the name of an Indian tribe that once lived in the area. The name of the tribe was spelled in various ways until the present version was used when the county was established. Originally Mt. Shasta was within the county, but it is now part of Siskiyou County, to the north. Its 14,179-foot (4,322 m) peak is visible throughout most of Shasta County.

Geography[edit | edit source]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 9,965 km² (3,847 sq mi). 9,804 km² (3,785 sq mi) of it is land and 161 km² (62 sq mi) of it (1.62%) is water. Mountains line the county on the east, north and west. The Sacramento River flows out of the mountains to the north, through the center of the county, and toward the Sacramento Valley to the south.

Cities and towns[edit | edit source]



Unincorporated Communities

Adjacent Counties[edit | edit source]

Transportation Infrastructure[edit | edit source]

Major highways[edit | edit source]

Public Transportation[edit | edit source]

Redding Area Bus Authority (RABA) provides service in and around Redding. One route operates to Burney via State Route 299.

Greyhound buses and Amtrak trains both serve Redding.

Airports[edit | edit source]

Redding Municipal Airport has scheduled passenger flights. Other (general aviation) airports within the county include Benton Field (near Redding), Fall River Mills Airport, and Shingletown Airport.

Demographics[edit | edit source]

As of the census² of 2000, there were 163,256 people, 63,426 households, and 44,017 families residing in the county. The population density was 17/km² (43/sq mi). There were 68,810 housing units at an average density of 7/km² (18/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 89.32% White, 0.75% Black or African American, 2.77% Native American, 1.87% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.71% from other races, and 3.47% from two or more races. 5.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 15.7% were of German, 12.3% English, 11.2% Irish, 9.9% American and 5.2% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000. 94.0% spoke English and 3.3% Spanish as their first language.

There were 63,426 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,335, and the median income for a family was $40,491. Males had a median income of $35,959 versus $24,773 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,738. About 11.3% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.0% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit | edit source]

Presidential election results
Year GOP DEM Others
2004 67.2% 52,249 31.3% 24,339 1.5% 1,143
2000 65.0% 43,278 30.3% 20,127 4.7% 3,139
1996 55.2% 34,736 33.1% 20,848 11.7% 7,377
1992 41.2% 28,190 31.6% 21,605 27.2% 18564
1988 59.4% 32,402 38.8% 21,171 1.9% 1,012
1984 62.2% 33,041 36.3% 19,298 1.5% 788
1980 58.1% 27,547 32.4% 15,364 9.5% 4,507
1976 45.6% 17,273 50.7% 19,200 3.7% 1,381
1972 46.7% 16,618 48.4% 17,214 5.0% 1,771
1968 40.4% 11,821 49.6% 14,510 9.9% 2,899
1964 32.4% 9,178 67.5% 19,142 0.1% 30
1960 38.9% 9,462 60.5% 14,691 0.6% 148

Shasta is a strongly Republican county in Presidential and congressional elections. The last Democrat to win a majority in the county was Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Shasta is part of California's 2nd congressional district, which is held by Republican Wally Herger. In the state legislature Shasta is in the 2nd Assembly district, which is held by Republican Doug LaMalfa, and the 4th Senate district, which is held by Republican Sam Aanestad.

Annual Events[edit | edit source]

  • Kool April Nites (April) — A Classic Car Show
  • Rodeo Week Festivities (May)
  • Art Fair and Fiddler’s Jamboree (May)
  • Whiskeytown Regatta (May)
  • Redding Exchange Club Air Show (June)
  • Shasta District Fair (June) — The County fair
  • Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration (July)
  • Burney Basin Days (July)
  • Intermountain Fair (September)
  • Big Bike Weekend (October)
  • Stillwater Pow Wow (September)

Education and Housing[edit | edit source]

Colleges and universities[edit | edit source]

Shasta County has four colleges and universities:

Shasta College, Redding – 2 year, fully accredited
Simpson University, Redding – 4 year, fully accredited
National University, Redding – 4 year, fully accredited
Shasta Bible College - 4 year

High Schools and Below[edit | edit source]

  • 43 Elementary Schools
  • 10 Junior High Schools
  • 8 High Schools
  • 35 Private Schools

Housing[edit | edit source]

  • Median price for a house is about $248,000.
  • Median rental rate is $700/month.

Points of interest[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Coordinates: 40°46′N 122°02′W / 40.76, -122.04

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