With its natural beauty, abundance of recreational opportunities, and excellent quality of life, Redding successfully combines the ambiance of a small town with the amenities of a large city. The outdoor lifestyle, affordable housing and remarkably low crime rates attract many people from the larger urban areas, creating both a diversified culture and a growing center of commerce and industry.

Location & Quality of Life

Redding is located in Northern California, just south of Shasta Lake, nestled between the Cascades and the Trinity Alps. Its central location on I-5 in Shasta County has made it the nationally recognized marketplace of northern California, serving the adjacent counties of Tehama, Trinity and Siskiyou.

Shasta County’s metropolitan area has the distinction of being a modern business community comfortably located in the midst of the finest recreational area in California. Residents and visitors enjoy excellent shopping, the latest in cultural and educational facilities, and a wide variety of outdoor leisure-time activities.

The Redding Metro area is the regional center of Northern California for health and legal services, retail shopping and employment. Its location at the junction of I-5 and highways 299 and 44 make Redding the gateway to the Cascade and Trinity Alps recreation areas. Shasta Dam and Shasta Lake, with 350 miles of shoreline, provide the area’s abundant water supply and inexpensive electrical power. The Sacramento River meanders nine miles through the middle of town, beginning just outside the City below Shasta Dam. This stretch of river is one of the finest trout-fishing waters in the Western United States.

The Redding and Shasta County area has been selected by The Searchers, a nationally renowned data research company, as one of the best places in the country to retire. The quality of life, clean air, low crime rate and affordability of housing are just a few of the 70-plus sets of criteria used in its determination. Also noted are a vast array of recreational opportunities, excellent medical facilities, and social activities that would enhance anyone’s retirement plans.


Climatologists describe the climate in the Redding area as Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Average high temperatures during July and August frequently exceed 90 degrees but drop to the low 50’s in winter. Annual rainfall averages 33 inches, most of which falls between November and March.