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Redding is a city in and the county seat of Shasta County, California, United States, in the northern part of the state. It lies along the Sacramento River, 162 miles (261 kilometers) north of Sacramento, and 120 miles (190 km) south of California's northern border, shared with the state of Oregon. Interstate 5 bisects the entire city, from the south to north before it approaches Shasta Lake, which is located 15 miles (24 km) to the north. The 2010 population was 50,322.[5][6] Redding is the largest city in the Shasta Cascade region, and it is the fifth-largest city in the Sacramento Valley, behind Sacramento, Elk Grove, Roseville, and Vacaville.

Redding, California
City of Redding
Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay
Flag of Redding, California
Official seal of Redding, California
"The Jewel of Northern California"[1]
Location of Redding in Shasta County, California
Location of Redding in Shasta County, California
Redding is located in California
Location in the United States
Redding is located in the United States
Redding (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°35′N 122°22′W / 40.583°N 122.367°W / 40.583; -122.367Coordinates: 40°35′N 122°22′W / 40.583°N 122.367°W / 40.583; -122.367
Country United States
State California
IncorporatedOctober 4, 1887
Founded byPierson B. Reading
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • City councilMayor Kristen Schreder
Brent Weaver
Francie Sullivan
Julie Winter
Adam McElvain
 • City managerBarry Tippin
 • Total61.17 sq mi (158.44 km2)
 • Land59.65 sq mi (154.49 km2)
 • Water1.53 sq mi (3.96 km2)  2.50%
Elevation564 ft (172 m)
 • Total89,861
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,539.19/sq mi (594.28/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
96001–96003, 96049, 96099
Area code530
FIPS code06-59920
GNIS feature IDs277582, 2411531
WebsiteOfficial website


Benjamin Bernard Redding, namesake of the city.

During the gold rush, the area that now comprises Redding was called Poverty Flats. In 1868 the first land agent for the Central Pacific Railroad, a former Sacramento politician named Benjamin Bernard Redding, bought property in Poverty Flats on behalf of the railroad so that it could build a northern terminus there. In the process of building the terminus, the railroad also built a town in the same area, which they named Redding in honor of Benjamin Redding. In 1874 there was a dispute over the name by local legislators and it was changed for a time to Reading, in order to honor Pierson B. Reading, who founded the community of Shasta, but the name was officially changed back to Redding by 1880. It has been called Redding ever since.[7]


Indigenous cultureEdit

Before European settlers came to the area, it was inhabited by a tribe of Native Americans called the Wintu. At their height, the Wintu had as many as 239 villages in the Shasta County area.[8]

The First SettlersEdit

Although Europeans had been to California as early as 1542, when Juan Cabrillo sailed to what is now the San Diego Bay, the indigenous Indians were probably the only inhabitants of far Northern California region until Russian fur trappers came through the area in 1815.

The first European settlement in the area was established in 1844 by Pierson B. Reading, an early California pioneer who received a Rancho Buena Ventura Mexican land grant for 26,632 acres (10,778 ha) that is now covered by Redding and Cottonwood, California. At the time, it was the northernmost nonnative settlement in California.

Founding of ReddingEdit

During the gold rush, the area that is now Redding was called Poverty Flats. In 1868 the first land agent for the Central Pacific Railroad, a former Sacramento politician named Benjamin Bernard Redding, bought property in Poverty Flats on behalf of the railroad for a northern terminus. In the process of building the terminus, the railroad also built the town of Redding which was officially incorporated on October 4, 1887.[9]

Early 20th centuryEdit

In the early twentieth century the town's economic growth was spurred by the significant copper and iron mineral extraction industry nearby. However, the mining industry eventually declined, causing the economy and population to falter by 1920. It recovered in the thirties as the economy boomed due to the construction of Shasta Dam to the northwest. The building of the dam, which was completed in 1945, caused Redding's population to nearly double, also spurring the growth and development of other towns in the area.[10]

Mid- to late-20th centuryEdit

Redding continued to grow steadily in the 1950s due to the region's growing lumber industry and tourism brought about by the newly completed dam. The constructions of Whiskeytown and Keswick dams also helped boost the economy by bringing new workers to the area. Interstate 5 was built during the sixties and seventies, which added to development and tourism in the region.

Growth in Redding during the '60s and '70s was also caused by annexation of an area east of the Sacramento River made up of the unincorporated community of Enterprise. Enterprise residents voted to support the annexation primarily to acquire less expensive electricity via Redding's municipal utility, which receives power from the dam.

During the 1970s, the lumber industry suffered from decline. Lumber mills in the area closed down and heavily impacted the Redding area. Things later picked up, due to a retail and housing boom in the late-1980s that continued until the mid-1990s.

21st centuryEdit

In 2017, the city adopted a new flag after holding a redesign contest.[11]

In late July 2018, the Carr Fire in Shasta County seriously impacted the Redding area with the destruction of at least 1,100[12] buildings, with several thousand more threatened, 38,000 people instructed to evacuate and 6 deaths.[13]

Geography and climateEdit


Redding is located at 40°34′36″N 122°22′13″W / 40.57667°N 122.37028°W / 40.57667; -122.37028 (40.576606, −122.370325).[14] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 61.2 square miles (159 square kilometers). 59.6 square miles (154 km2) of it is land, and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) of it (2.50%) is beneath water.

Redding is located at the very northwestern end of the Central Valley, which transitions into the Cascade foothills. The city is surrounded by mountains to the north, east, and west and fertile farm land to the south. Outermost parts of the city are part of the Cascade foothills, whereas southern and central areas are in the Sacramento Valley.[citation needed]

The elevation in Redding is 495 feet (151 meters) on average, whereas anywhere to the north, east, or west of downtown ranges between 550 feet (170 m) and 800 feet (240 m) feet. Southern portions range between 400 feet (120 m) and 500 feet (150 m).

The Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River provides a considerable level of flood protection for Redding. The dam is capable of controlling flows up to 79,000 cubic feet (7,300 cubic meters) per second. The flow rate exceeded this threshold in both 1970 and 1974.[15]

Soils in and around town are composed mostly of clay or gravelly loam texture, with red or brown mineral horizons. They are slightly or moderately acidic in their natural state.[16]

Subdivisions / AreasEdit


  • Bonnyview
  • Boulder Creek
  • College Highlands
  • Country Heights
  • Garden Tract
  • Gold Hills
  • Hacienda Heights
  • Hidden Hills
  • Lake Redding Estates
  • Layton Oaks
  • Mary Lake
  • Miracle Mile
  • Parkview
  • Plateau Circle
  • Ridgewood Estates
  • Shasta View Gardens
  • Stanford Hills
  • Sunset Terrace
  • Sunset West
  • The Bluffs
  • Western Ranches (Greenbelt)
  • Westwood Manor


  • Blossom Park
  • Buckeye
  • Buckeye Terrace
  • Downtown
  • Enterprise
  • Girvan
  • Greenwood Heights
  • Kutras Tract
  • Mt. Shasta Mall
  • Oasis
  • Powerline
  • Quartz Hill
  • Spring Hill
  • West Ridge

Mobile Home CommunitiesEdit

  • Redwood Estates
  • Los Robles Estates
  • Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Estates
  • Twin View Terrace Mobile Home Park
  • Redding Lakeside Mobile Homes Estates
  • Starlight Mobile Home Estates

Shopping CentersEdit

  • Cobblestone Shopping Center
  • Cypress Square Shopping Center
  • Mt. Shasta Mall


There are several rare and endangered species in Redding and its immediate vicinity. The Redding Redevelopment Plan EIR notes the California State listed endangered species, slender Orcutt grass (Orcuttia tenuis), occurs in eastern Redding near the municipal airport, where vernal pools are known to exist. This endemic grass is a Federal Candidate for listing and is endangered throughout its range, confined to several populations, and seriously threatened by agriculture, overgrazing, and residential development. Vernal pools provide the preferred habitat for this plant, which the California Native Plant Society considers a rare and endangered species. These same vernal pools also support federally protected species such as the federally threatened vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi).


Redding has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen: Csa), with very hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Winter (October–April) provides the most precipitation of any season in Redding—the weather tends to be either rainy or foggy and at times, snow occurs. Summers are hot and dry, but rain is possible, usually with a thunderstorm. The average daily maximum temperature in July stays near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). The highest official recorded temperature in Redding was 118 °F (48 °C) on July 20, 1988. That was recorded at the nearby Redding airport. Some people in town recorded as high as 122 °F (50 °C) that same day. Redding has an average possible sunshine of 88%, the second-highest percentage (after Yuma, Arizona) of any US city.[17]

The city receives an average of 4.8 inches (12 centimeters) of snow annually.[18] It rarely gets sleet or freezing rain. Frost occurs commonly in December through February, less often in March or November. In spring, rain is common. The city is located near the foothills of the Cascade and Klamath mountain ranges and it therefore gets much more rain than most places in the Sacramento Valley; temperature differentials between land and sea cause moist air from the latter to flow over the southern Sacramento valley during the summer months, producing intense heat in Redding. The direction of this winds switches from the north and east in the summer, as hot, high-pressure air flows from land to sea, making the area very dry. Tornadoes are extremely rare; flooding occurs only around the area near the Sacramento River. The coldest temperature recorded in Redding was 17 °F (−8 °C).[citation needed]

Climate data for Redding Municipal Airport (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 80
Average high °F (°C) 55.0
Daily mean °F (°C) 45.7
Average low °F (°C) 36.5
Record low °F (°C) 16
Average precipitation inches (mm) 5.96
Average snowfall inches (cm) 1.4
Average precipitation days 13.1 8.7 12.3 7.9 7.2 4.0 0.6 0.9 2.1 4.1 6.8 10.2 77.9
Mean monthly sunshine hours 226 256 312 351 395 423 451 421 338 314 251 204 3,942
Source: [19]


Census Pop.
Est. 201891,772[4]2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[20]


The 2010 United States Census[5] reported that Redding had a population of 89,861. The population density was 1,468.9 people per square mile (567.2/km²). The racial makeup of Redding was 77,117 (85.8%) White, 1,092 (1.2%) African American, 2,034 (2.3%) Native American, 3,034 (3.4%) Asian, 156 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 2,307 (2.6%) from other races, and 4,121 (4.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7,787 persons (8.7%).

The Census reported that 87,841 people (97.8% of the population) lived in households, 1,138 (1.3%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 882 (1.0%) were institutionalized.

There were 36,130 households, out of which 11,012 (30.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 16,001 (44.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 4,806 (13.3%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,984 (5.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 2,570 (99.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 204 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 10,344 households (28.6%) were made up of individuals and 4,622 (12.8%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43. There were 22,791 families (63.1% of all households); the average family size was 2.94.

The population was spread out with 20,518 people (22.8%) under the age of 18, 9,436 people (10.5%) aged 18 to 24, 21,725 people (24.2%) aged 25 to 44, 23,424 people (26.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 14,758 people (16.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.

There were 38,679 housing units at an average density of 632.3 per square mile (244.1/km²), of which 19,968 (55.3%) were owner-occupied, and 16,162 (44.7%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.9%. 48,179 people (53.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 39,662 people (44.1%) lived in rental housing units.


The economy in Redding is largely a service economy. Therefore, employment is spread across a wide range of service professions that include healthcare, retail, and tourism.

Top employersEdit

According to the City's 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR),[21] these are the top employers in the city:

# Employer # of employees
1 Mercy Medical Center 1,832
2 Shasta County 1,750
3 City of Redding 1,129
4 Shasta Regional Medical Center 856
5 CA Transportation Department 663
6 Redding Rancheria 523
7 Wal-Mart 450
8 Shasta Union High School District 406
9 Shasta College 352
10 Blue Shield of California 330


State and federal representationEdit

In the California State Legislature, Redding is in the 1st Senate District, represented by Republican Brian Dahle,[22] and the 1st Assembly District, represented by (vacant).[23]

In the United States House of Representatives, Redding is in California's 1st congressional district, represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa.[24]

Municipal governmentEdit

The city council is composed of Mayor Julie Winter, Vice Mayor Adam McElvain, Kristen Schreder, Erin Resner, and Michael Dacquisto.[25] The city manager is Barry Tippin.[26]

Redding is a general law city operating under the council-manager form of government.[25][25]

Parks and recreationEdit

Dancing Shiva by Bryan Tedrick at Old City Hall, Redding, CA

Museums and public artEdit


The Cascade Theater


Performing artsEdit

  • Riverfront Playhouse
  • Redding Improv Players


Higher educationEdit



High schoolsEdit



  • Freedom High School
  • University Preparatory School
  • North State Independence High School
  • Redding Christian High School
  • Liberty Christian High School

Charter schoolsEdit

  • Monarch Learning Center
  • Stellar Charter School
  • Phoenix Charter Academy
  • Redding Collegiate Academy
  • Redding School of the Arts
  • Rocky Point Charter School
  • Shasta Charter Academy

Other schoolsEdit

  • Redding Adventist Academy
  • Bethel Christian School

Trade schoolsEdit

  • Redding Institute of Technology
  • Shasta School of Cosmetology

Non-academic learningEdit

  • Code IT
  • Build It
  • Shasta County Public Library





Channel Call sign Network
9.2 KIXE-DT2 Create
9.3 KIXE-DT3 PBS World
12.2 KHSL-DT2 The CW
17.1 KXVU-LD Telemundo
20.1 KCVU-DT Fox
20.2 KCVU-DT2 ThisTV
21.1 KRVU-LD MyNetworkTV
23.1 KRDT-LD Religious
26 KGEC-LD Religious
27.1 KUCO-LD Univision
33 K33HH 3ABN
35.1 KKTF-LD Telefutura
41.1 KRHT-LD Azteca America


AM radioEdit
Call letters kHz Format
KVIP 540 Religious[27]
KLXR 1230 Nostalgia[27]
KQMS 1400 News/Talk[28]
KCNR 1460 Talk[27]
KNRO 1670 Sports[27]
FM radioEdit
Call letters MHz Format
KNNN-LP 87.7 Indie & Alternative Rock
KKRN 88.5 Community Radio[27]
KFPR 88.9 Public Radio[27]
K211CO (KHRI translator) 90.1 Air 1 Christian Contemporary[27]
K227AE (KHRD translator) 93.3 Classic Rock [27]
KEWB 94.7 Top 40[27]
KALF 95.7 Hot Country
KNCQ 97.3 Country[27]
K249EW (KAWZ translator) 97.7 Religious[27]
KWLZ 99.3 Rhythmic Contemporary[27]
KWCA 101.1 Hot AC/Mix (licensed to suburb Palo Cedro)[29]
K268AJ (KHAP translator) 101.5 Religious [27]
KSHA 104.3 Adult Contemporary[27]
KRDG 105.3 Classic Hits[27]
KRRX 106.1 Rock[27]
K298AF (KAWZ translator) 107.5 Religious (licensed to nearby Shasta)[27]
KKLC 107.9 Christian Contemporary[27]


Major highwaysEdit

  •   Interstate 5 runs through the east central portion of this city.
  •   CA 299, formerly   U.S. 299, runs through the western, central, and northeastern parts of the city.
  •   CA 44 runs through the middle and eastern part of town. Its western terminus is at Market Street (California 273) in downtown Redding.
  •   CA 273, was formerly the Interstate 5 Business Route, and also formerly the   U.S. 99, directly through the city.

Rail and bus transportationEdit

Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Redding, operating its Coast Starlight daily in both directions between Seattle, Washington, and Los Angeles, California VA Portland, Oregon; Sacramento, California; Oakland, California; San Jose, California; Santa Barbara, California and all Intermediate station stops. Amtrak California also provides Thruway Motorcoach service to Stockton or Sacramento for connections to the San Joaquins, which serve the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley and the Los Angeles area via bus connections.

Redding provides a city bus transportation system called RABA (Redding Area Bus Authority). RABA provides routes throughout the city of Redding and also provides transportation throughout Redding's suburbs. Transportation is also available by Sage Stage to Alturas and Trinity Transit to Weaverville.[30] Redding is also served by the intercity bus companies Greyhound and Fronteras del Norte.[31]

Air transportationEdit

Air transportation for the Redding area is provided by two general aviation airports. Redding Municipal Airport, located south of Redding, has scheduled flights from SkyWest (United Express). The smaller Benton Airpark is located on the western side of Redding.

Prominent personsEdit

This list includes persons who were born/raised/worked in, lived in, or whose identity was significantly influenced by Redding, as well as music groups that were founded in the area.

Actors and entertainment industryEdit


Business leaders and entrepreneursEdit

Musicians and bandsEdit


Politicians, civil servants and activistsEdit

Other peopleEdit

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  3. ^ "Redding". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA – Redding city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  6. ^ "Redding (city) QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 1, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "How Redding got its Name". Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  8. ^ Papers On Wintu Ethnography : 239 Wintu Villages In Shasta County Circa 1850. Redding, CA: Redding Museum and Art Center. 1980.
  9. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date". California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Archived from the original (Word) on November 3, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "Historic Redding California". Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "City of Redding Flag". Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  12. ^ "Carr Fire Incident Update 7/29/18 PM" (PDF). Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  13. ^ "'Terrifying' tornadoes of flame leave 2 dead as inferno destroys Californian city of Redding". The Daily Telegraph. London. July 28, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  14. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  15. ^ Environmental Impact Report for the Redding Redevelopment Plan, Earth Metrics, City of Redding and California State Clearinghouse Report (1990)
  16. ^ "Web Soil Survey". Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  17. ^ "NOAA". Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  18. ^ "Redding, CA Climate". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  19. ^ "NOWData – NOAA Online Weather Data". Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  20. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  21. ^ "Comprehensive Annual Financial Report". Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  22. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  23. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  24. ^ "California's 1st Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  25. ^ a b c "City Council Information". City of Redding. Archived from the original on December 6, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  26. ^ "Redding's City Manager". City of Redding. Archived from the original on February 20, 2015. Retrieved March 7, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  27. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Radio Stations in Redding, California". Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  28. ^ United States. Congress (1969). Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress. U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  29. ^ "Radio Stations in Redding, California". Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  30. ^ "Modoc County, California : Redding". Sage Stage. January 30, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  31. ^ "AIBRA – Find a Station". Retrieved May 2, 2015.

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