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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
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

3,847 sq mi (9,964 km²)
3,785 sq mi (9,803 km²)
62 sq mi (161 km²), 1.62%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

182,155
44/sq mi (17/km²)
Website www.co.shasta.ca.us

Shasta County, officially the County of Shasta, is a county in the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2020 census, the population was 182,155.[1] The county seat is Redding.[2]

Shasta County comprises the Redding, California Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county occupies the northern reaches of the Sacramento Valley, with portions extending into the southern reaches of the Cascade Range.

Points of interest in Shasta County include Shasta Lake, Lassen Peak, and the Sundial Bridge.

History[]

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 is derived from the English equivalent for the Shasta people, the name of a Native American tribe that once lived in the area, but they were ethnically cleansed from the area in the 1850s.[3] 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[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,847 square miles (9,960 km2), of which 3,775 square miles (9,780 km2) is land and 72 square miles (190 km2) (1.9%) is water.[4] 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.

Flora and fauna[]

According to Willis Linn Jepson the biota of Shasta County were not explored in a scientific manner until just before the year 1900. Up until the 1920s the Southern Pacific Railroad Company owned vast tracts of natural grasslands; however, during the 1920s the railroad sold off much of its grassland holdings, leading to the rapid clearing of brush and large scale conversion from habitat to agricultural uses.[5] Shasta County has extensive forests, which cover over one half the land area with commercially productive forest systems.[6] Common forest alliances include mixed oak woodland and mixed conifer-oak woodland as well as douglas fir forest. Common trees found include White-bark pine,[7] California Black Oak and California Buckeye.[8]

Adjacent counties[]

National protected areas[]

  • Shasta-Trinity National Forest (part)
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (part)

Politics[]

Voter registration statistics[]

Cities by population and voter registration[]

Overview[]

Shasta at one time favored the Democratic Party in Presidential elections. It went Democratic in all but one presidential election from 1932 to 1976, and was one of the few counties in the state to be won by George McGovern. However, since 1980, it has become one of the most Republican counties in the state in Presidential and congressional elections. The last Democrat to win a majority in the county was Jimmy Carter in 1976.

United States presidential election results for Shasta County, California[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 60,789 65.41% 30,000 32.28% 2,141 2.30%
2016 51,778 63.90% 22,301 27.52% 6,945 8.57%
2012 48,067 62.83% 25,819 33.75% 2,615 3.42%
2008 49,588 61.68% 28,867 35.91% 1,935 2.41%
2004 52,249 67.22% 24,339 31.31% 1,143 1.47%
2000 43,278 65.04% 20,127 30.25% 3,139 4.72%
1996 34,736 55.17% 20,848 33.11% 7,377 11.72%
1992 28,190 41.24% 21,605 31.61% 18,564 27.16%
1988 32,402 59.36% 21,171 38.79% 1,012 1.85%
1984 33,041 62.19% 19,298 36.32% 788 1.48%
1980 27,547 58.09% 15,364 32.40% 4,507 9.50%
1976 17,273 45.63% 19,200 50.72% 1,381 3.65%
1972 16,618 46.68% 17,214 48.35% 1,771 4.97%
1968 11,821 40.44% 14,510 49.64% 2,899 9.92%
1964 9,178 32.37% 19,142 67.52% 30 0.11%
1960 9,462 38.94% 14,691 60.45% 148 0.61%
1956 8,833 43.84% 11,239 55.78% 77 0.38%
1952 10,073 56.43% 7,656 42.89% 122 0.68%
1948 5,010 39.69% 7,177 56.86% 436 3.45%
1944 4,023 40.87% 5,798 58.90% 22 0.22%
1940 3,909 30.70% 8,662 68.03% 162 1.27%
1936 2,159 28.75% 5,236 69.72% 115 1.53%
1932 1,382 23.90% 4,170 72.12% 230 3.98%
1928 2,301 52.20% 2,025 45.94% 82 1.86%
1924 1,951 41.95% 598 12.86% 2,102 45.19%
1920 2,108 62.07% 1,028 30.27% 260 7.66%
1916 2,008 37.20% 2,828 52.39% 562 10.41%
1912 16 0.34% 2,040 43.55% 2,628 56.11%
1908 1,891 47.61% 1,389 34.97% 692 17.42%
1904 1,891 55.10% 935 27.24% 606 17.66%
1900 1,681 44.70% 1,948 51.79% 132 3.51%
1896 1,210 37.55% 1,936 60.09% 76 2.36%
1892 1,234 42.77% 1,137 39.41% 514 17.82%
1888 1,490 50.70% 1,394 47.43% 55 1.87%
1884 1,173 51.54% 1,042 45.78% 61 2.68%
1880 868 49.46% 877 49.97% 10 0.57%



In the United States House of Representatives, Shasta County is in California's 1st congressional district, represented by Republican   Doug LaMalfa.[12]

In the California State Legislature, Shasta County is in the 1st Senate District, represented by Republican   Ted Gaines,[13] and the 1st Assembly District, represented by Republican   Brian Dahle.[14]

Transportation[]

Major highways[]

  • I-5 (CA).svg Interstate 5
  • California 36.svg State Route 36
  • California 44.svg State Route 44
  • California 89.svg State Route 89
  • California 151.svg State Route 151
  • California 273.svg State Route 273
  • California 299.svg State Route 299

Public transportation[]

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

Amtrak's Coast Starlight serves Redding Station once a day in each direction.

Airports[]

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.

Crime[]

The following table includes the number of incidents reported and the rate per 1,000 persons for each type of offense.

Cities by population and crime rates[]

Demographics[]

2011[]

Places by population, race, and income[]

2010[]

The 2010 United States Census reported that Shasta County had a population of 177,223. The racial makeup of Shasta County was 153,726 (86.7%) White, 1,548 (0.9%) African American, 4,950 (2.8%) Native American, 4,391 (2.5%) Asian, 271 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 4,501 (2.5%) from other races, and 7,836 (4.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14,878 persons (8.4%).[24]

2000[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 378
1860 4,360 1,053.4%
1870 4,173 −4.3%
1880 9,492 127.5%
1890 12,133 27.8%
1900 17,318 42.7%
1910 18,920 9.3%
1920 13,361 −29.4%
1930 13,927 4.2%
1940 28,800 106.8%
1950 36,413 26.4%
1960 59,468 63.3%
1970 77,640 30.6%
1980 115,715 49.0%
1990 147,036 27.1%
2000 163,256 11.0%
2010 177,223 8.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[25]
1790-1960[26] 1900–1990[27]
1990-2000[28] 2010-2020[1]

As of the census[29] of 2000, there were 163,256 people, 63,426 households, and 44,017 families residing in the county. The population density was 43 people per square mile (17/km2). There were 68,810 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.3% White, 0.8% Black or African American, 2.8% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.7% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. 5.5% 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.

Government and policing[]

Shasta County government[]

Shasta County Sheriff[]

The sheriff provides prison administration and coroner services for the entire county and patrol, investigative, and coroner services for the unincorporated portions of the county.

Municipal police[]

Redding and Anderson have municipal police departments.

Annual events[]

  • Kool April Nites (April): A classic car show
  • Rodeo Week Festivities (May)
  • Art Fair and Fiddler's Jamboree (May)
  • Whiskeytown Regatta (May)
  • Watershed Festival (May)
  • Strawberry Festival (May)
  • Shasta Dragonwood Celtic Faire (May)
  • Redding Exchange Club Air Show (June)
  • Shasta District Fair (June)
  • Fall River Valley Century Bike Ride (July)
  • Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration (July)
  • Burney Basin Days (July)
  • Fall River Valley Wild Rice Festival (Aug)
  • Intermountain Fair, Fall River Valley (September) The Shasta County Fair
  • Stillwater Pow Wow (September)
  • Walk To End Alzheimer's (September)
  • Big Bike Weekend (October)
  • Fall River Valley Lights of Christmas Parade (December)
  • Palo Cedro Honey Bee Festival (September)

Education[]

High schools and below[]

  • 43 elementary schools
  • 10 junior high schools
  • 8 high schools
  • 35 private schools

Colleges and universities[]

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

Housing[]

  • Median price for a house is about $183,000 as of early 2014.[30]
  • Median rental rate is $700/month.

Points of interest[]

Bailey Cove Campground near Lake Shasta within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

  • Shasta Dam 2nd largest dam in US
  • Lassen Peak
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Shasta Lake
  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park
  • Hat Creek Radio Observatory
  • Iron Mountain Mine, one of the nation's most toxic waste sites
  • Sundial Bridge/Turtle Bay, an architectural beauty and a natural habitat area surrounded by urbanization.
  • Burney Falls
  • Whiskeytown Dam and Lake, with John F. Kennedy Memorial

Communities[]

Cities[]

Census-designated places[]

  • Bella Vista
  • Big Bend
  • Burney
  • Cassel
  • Castella
  • Centerville
  • Cottonwood
  • Fall River Mills
  • French Gulch
  • Happy Valley
  • Hat Creek
  • Igo
  • Johnson Park
  • Jones Valley
  • Keswick
  • Lakehead
  • McArthur
  • Millville
  • Montgomery Creek
  • Mountain Gate
  • Oak Run
  • Old Station
  • Ono
  • Palo Cedro
  • Round Mountain
  • Shasta
  • Shingletown
  • Whitmore

Other unincorporated communities[]

  • Beegum
  • Dana
  • Enterprise
  • Ingot
  • Motion
  • O'Brien
  • Platina
  • Pollard Flat
  • Viola
  • Whiskeytown

Population ranking[]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Shasta County.[31]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Redding City 89,861
2 Shasta Lake City 10,164
3 Anderson City 9,932
4 Cottonwood CDP 3,316
5 Burney CDP 3,154
6 Bella Vista CDP 2,781
7 Shingletown CDP 2,283
8 Shasta CDP 1,771
9 Palo Cedro CDP 1,269
10 Mountain Gate CDP 943
11 Millville CDP 727
12 Fall River Mills CDP 573
13 Lakehead CDP 461
14 Keswick CDP 451
15 French Gulch CDP 346
16 McArthur CDP 338
17 Hat Creek CDP 309
18 Cassel CDP 207
19 Montgomery Creek CDP 163
20 Round Mountain CDP 155
21 Big Bend CDP 102
22 Old Station CDP 51
23 Redding Rancheria[32] AIAN 34
24 Roaring Creek Rancheria[33] AIAN 14
25 Montgomery Creek Rancheria[34] AIAN 12
26 Big Bend Rancheria[35] AIAN 9

See also[]

  • List of school districts in Shasta County, California
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Shasta County, California
  • 2018 Shasta County Wildfires: Carr Fire, Hirz Fire, Delta Fire

Notes[]

  1. ^ a b Percentage of registered voters with respect to total population. Percentages of party members with respect to registered voters follow.
  2. ^ Only larceny-theft cases involving property over $400 in value are reported as property crimes.
  3. ^ Other = Some other race + Two or more races
  4. ^ Native American = Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander + American Indian or Alaska Native
  5. ^ Data unavailable

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  23. ^ Data unavailable
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  33. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search : Roaring Creek Rancheria". https://www.census.gov/2010census/popmap/ipmtext.php?fl=3185. 
  34. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search : Montgomery Creek Rancheria". https://www.census.gov/2010census/popmap/ipmtext.php?fl=2330. 
  35. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search : Big Bend Rancheria". https://www.census.gov/2010census/popmap/ipmtext.php?fl=0215. 

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