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Redding is a city in far-Northern California
Upstate California
Upstate California is a region of California consisting of its northernmost 20 counties, most of which are rural. Generally, this area consists of all territory within California north of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento areas....

. It is the county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

 of Shasta County, California
Shasta County, California
Shasta County is a county located in the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. The county occupies the northern reaches of the Sacramento Valley, with portions extending into the southern reaches of the Cascade Range. As of the 2010 census, the population was 177,223, up from 163,256...

, USA
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. With a population of 89,861, according to the 2010 Census. Redding is the state's largest city north of Sacramento
Sacramento, California
Sacramento is the capital city of the U.S. state of California and the county seat of Sacramento County. It is located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in the northern portion of California's expansive Central Valley. With a population of 466,488 at the 2010 census,...

 and of the Shasta Cascade
Shasta Cascade
The Shasta Cascade region of California is located in the northeastern and north-central sections of the state bordering Oregon and Nevada, including far northern parts of the Central Valley and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The area is centered on Mount Shasta in the California Cascade Range,...

 region and is the fourth largest city in the Sacramento Valley
Sacramento Valley
The Sacramento Valley is the portion of the California Central Valley that lies to the north of the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta in the U.S. state of California. It encompasses all or parts of ten counties.-Geography:...

 behind Sacramento, Elk Grove, and Roseville.

History


Situated along the Siskiyou Trail
Siskiyou Trail
The Siskiyou Trail stretched from California's Central Valley to Oregon's Willamette Valley; modern-day Interstate 5 follows this pioneer path...

, Redding was a trade and travel route connecting California's Central Valley and the Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest
The Pacific Northwest is a region in northwestern North America, bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and, loosely, by the Rocky Mountains on the east. Definitions of the region vary and there is no commonly agreed upon boundary, even among Pacific Northwesterners. A common concept of the...

, the site of Redding was occupied by Native Americans
Native Americans in the United States
Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples in North America within the boundaries of the present-day continental United States, parts of Alaska, and the island state of Hawaii. They are composed of numerous, distinct tribes, states, and ethnic groups, many of which survive as...

 of the Wintu
Wintu
The Wintu are Native Americans who live in what is now Northern California. They are part of a loose association of peoples known collectively as the Wintun . Others are the Nomlaki and the Patwin...

 tribe from about the year 1000. During the early 19th century, Hudson's Bay Company
Hudson's Bay Company
The Hudson's Bay Company , abbreviated HBC, or "The Bay" is the oldest commercial corporation in North America and one of the oldest in the world. A fur trading business for much of its existence, today Hudson's Bay Company owns and operates retail stores throughout Canada...

 trappers and members of the United States Exploring Expedition
United States Exploring Expedition
The United States Exploring Expedition was an exploring and surveying expedition of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding lands conducted by the United States from 1838 to 1842. The original appointed commanding officer was Commodore Thomas ap Catesby Jones. The voyage was authorized by Congress in...

 passed through the site of Redding, while traveling along the Siskiyou Trail.

The first non-native settler
Settler
A settler is a person who has migrated to an area and established permanent residence there, often to colonize the area. Settlers are generally people who take up residence on land and cultivate it, as opposed to nomads...

 in the area was Pierson B. Reading
Pierson B. Reading
Pierson Barton Reading was a California pioneer.-Life:Pierson B. Reading, was born in New Jersey. He came across country to California with Samuel J. Hensley as a member of the Chiles-Walker party in 1843...

, an early California
California
California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is by far the most populous U.S. state, and the third-largest by land area...

 pioneer. Reading was an admirer of John Sutter
John Sutter
Johann Augus Sutter was a Swiss pioneer of California known for his association with the California Gold Rush by the discovery of gold by James W. Marshall and the mill making team at Sutter's Mill, and for establishing Sutter's Fort in the area that would eventually become Sacramento, the...

, and in 1844, Reading received the Rancho Buena Ventura
Rancho Buena Ventura
Rancho Buena Ventura was a Mexican land grant in present day Shasta County, California, given in 1844 by Governor Manuel Micheltorena to Major Pierson B. Reading . The land grant is named for the former name of the adjacent Sacramento River, Buena Ventura, which meant good fortune in Spanish...

 Mexican land grant for the area occupied by today's Redding and Cottonwood, California
Cottonwood, California
Cottonwood is a census-designated place in Shasta County, California, United States. The population was 3,316 at the 2010 census, up from 2,960 at the 2000 census. Cottonwood is a stagecoach town founded in 1882. Cottonwood is equidistant between Redding and Red Bluff , in both directions...

, along the Sacramento River
Sacramento River
The Sacramento River is an important watercourse of Northern and Central California in the United States. The largest river in California, it rises on the eastern slopes of the Klamath Mountains, and after a journey south of over , empties into Suisun Bay, an arm of the San Francisco Bay, and...

. At the time it was (by over 100 miles) the northernmost non-native settlement in California.

Later, when the Southern Pacific Railroad
Southern Pacific Railroad
The Southern Pacific Transportation Company , earlier Southern Pacific Railroad and Southern Pacific Company, and usually simply called the Southern Pacific or Espee, was an American railroad....

 built its rail line through the Sacramento Valley
Sacramento Valley
The Sacramento Valley is the portion of the California Central Valley that lies to the north of the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta in the U.S. state of California. It encompasses all or parts of ten counties.-Geography:...

, it decided that the cost of making a small westerly detour to reach the pre-existing mining town of Shasta was not in its interest. Instead the railroad routed the tracks through an area with the inauspicious name of Poverty Flats and what was to become the town of Redding was born. Named by the Southern Pacific for railroad man Benjamin B. Redding
Benjamin B. Redding
Benjamin Barnard Redding was a Canadian-born state official of California, politician and land agent with the Central Pacific Railroad. The town of Redding, California, was named for him....

, the town was rechristened "Reading" in 1874, to honor local pioneer Pierson B. Reading. However, the railroad would not recognize the change, and the original name, Redding, was restored in 1880.

Redding was incorporated in 1887 with 600 people. By 1910, Redding had a population of 3,572 supported by a significant mineral extraction industry, principally copper and iron. However, with the decline of these industries, which also produced significant amounts of pollution damaging to local agriculture, the population dropped to 2,962 in 1920. By 1930 the population had recovered to 4,188 and then boomed during the 1930s with the construction of nearby Shasta Dam. The building of the dam, which was completed in 1945, caused the population to nearly double to 8,109 by 1940 and spurred the development of the bedroom towns of Central Valley, Summit City, and Project City (all now called Shasta Lake City) - together named after the Central Valley Project.

In the 1950s the city continued to grow with the expansion of the lumber industry, the building of Whiskeytown and Keswick Dams, and the completion of Interstate 5 in the late 1960s. By 1970, Redding had grown to 16,659 people. In the 1970s, the area of Enterprise on the eastern bank of the Sacramento River was annexed into Redding immediately increasing the city to around 35,000, and bringing the total population to 41,995 by the time of the 1980 census. A major reason the residents of Enterprise supported this annexation was the cheaper power provided by the city's municipal utility which receives power from the dam. However, the 1970s also saw difficult times for the lumber industry as housing construction plummeted during the 1973-75 recession. Unemployment in Shasta County during that time peaked at over 20%. With the increase in environmental regulations the logging industry never fully recovered and the city had to shift economic gears once again.

After a retail and housing boom of the late 1980s,the city grew to 66,462 in 1990. This boom continued until the mid 1990s and then a slight slowdown occurred, bringing the population to 80,865 in 2000. As of 2010, the population is now 89,861, but as of a 2005 estimate, there were 89,641 people, which means that Redding's growth has now stagnated in the last 5 years.

In recent decades an influx of retirees from the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles seeking lower cost housing and a slower pace of life has caused a shift in the city's economic base towards the service sectors of medical, legal, retail and tourism. However, the unemployment rate is still consistently well above the state average, and with few industrial jobs, wages tend to be low. Crime has also dramatically increased in recent years as a result. As of 2011, the unemployment rate stands at 16%.

Geography and geology


Redding is located at 40°34′36"N 122°22′13"W (40.576606, -122.370325). According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census. It also gathers other national demographic and economic data...

, the city has a total area of 61.2 square miles (158.5 km²). 59.6 square miles (154.4 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²) of it (2.50%) is beneath water.

Redding is nestled 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 actually part of the Cascade foothills, whereas southern and central areas are in the Sacramento Valley
Sacramento Valley
The Sacramento Valley is the portion of the California Central Valley that lies to the north of the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta in the U.S. state of California. It encompasses all or parts of ten counties.-Geography:...

.

Elevation can vary greatly in different parts of Redding, because the city is extremely spread out. Downtown Redding is 495 feet (150.9 m) on average, whereas anywhere to the north, east, or west of downtown ranges between 550–800 feet. Southern portions range between 400 and 500 feet (152.4 m). This is why outermost fringes have a better chance of snow in the winter than right in the central area.

The Shasta Dam
Shasta Dam
Shasta Dam is an arch dam across the Sacramento River in the northern part of the U.S. state of California, at the north end of the Sacramento Valley. The dam mainly serves long-term water storage and flood control in its reservoir, Shasta Lake, and also generates hydroelectric power...

 on the Sacramento River
Sacramento River
The Sacramento River is an important watercourse of Northern and Central California in the United States. The largest river in California, it rises on the eastern slopes of the Klamath Mountains, and after a journey south of over , empties into Suisun Bay, an arm of the San Francisco Bay, and...

 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 meter) per second. However, flows larger than 79,000 cubic feet (7,300 cubic meter) per second occurred in both 1970 and 1974, exceeding the capacity of Shasta Dam.

Soils in and around Redding are mostly of loam or gravelly loam texture, well drained, with red or brown mineral horizons. They are slightly or moderately acidic in their natural state.

Climate


Winter (October–April) provides the most precipitation of any season in Redding—the weather tends to be either rainy or foggy and snow occurs at times. Summers are hot and dry, but rain is possible, usually a thunderstorm. The average daily maximum temperature in July stays near 100 °F (37.8 °C). Redding has an average possible sunshine of 88%, the second-highest percentage (after Yuma, Arizona
Yuma, Arizona
Yuma is a city in and the county seat of Yuma County, Arizona, United States. It is located in the southwestern corner of the state, and the population of the city was 77,515 at the 2000 census, with a 2008 Census Bureau estimated population of 90,041....

) of any US city. While snow in Redding is uncommon, it does receive an average of 6.4 inches of wet snow annually. Redding gets sleet and freezing rain but rarely; snow is more common. Frost occurs commonly in December through February, less often in March or April. Redding can have chilly to cold winters like the rest of the Central Valley, of which Redding is the northernmost part. In spring rain is common. Tornadoes are extremely rare; flooding occurs only near the river. The coldest temperature recorded in Redding was 7 °F (-13.9 °C)

Ecology


There are several rare
Rare species
A rare species is a group of organisms that are very uncommon or scarce. This designation may be applied to either a plant or animal taxon, and may be distinct from the term "endangered" or "threatened species" but not "extinct"....

 and endangered species
Endangered species
An endangered species is a population of organisms which is at risk of becoming extinct because it is either few in numbers, or threatened by changing environmental or predation parameters...

 in Redding and its immediate vicinity. The Redding Redevelopment Plan EIR notes the California State listed endangered species, slender Orcutt grass (Orcuttia tenuis
Orcuttia tenuis
Orcuttia tenuis is a species of grass which is endemic to northern California.It grows in vernal pool habitat in the western and northern foothills surrounding the Sacramento Valley....

), occurs in eastern Redding near the municipal airport, where vernal pool
Vernal pool
Vernal pools, also called vernal ponds or ephemeral pools, are temporary pools of water. They are usually devoid of fish, and thus allow the safe development of natal amphibian and insect species...

s 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
Agriculture
Agriculture is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi and other life forms for food, fiber, and other products used to sustain life. Agriculture was the key implement in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the...

, overgrazing
Overgrazing
Overgrazing occurs when plants are exposed to intensive grazing for extended periods of time, or without sufficient recovery periods. It can be caused by either livestock in poorly managed agricultural applications, or by overpopulations of native or non-native wild animals.Overgrazing reduces the...

, and residential development. Vernal pools provide the preferred habitat for this plant, which the California Native Plant Society
California Native Plant Society
The California Native Plant Society is a California not-for-profit organization that seeks to increase understanding of California's native flora and to preserve that flora. Its "paramount purpose is to preserve wild plants".-History:...

 considers as a rare and endangered species. An ecology park at Turtle Bay in Redding has been created to allow study of native flora
Flora
Flora is the plant life occurring in a particular region or time, generally the naturally occurring or indigenous—native plant life. The corresponding term for animals is fauna.-Etymology:...

 and fauna
Fauna
Fauna or faunæ is all of the animal life of any particular region or time. The corresponding term for plants is flora.Zoologists and paleontologists use fauna to refer to a typical collection of animals found in a specific time or place, e.g. the "Sonoran Desert fauna" or the "Burgess shale fauna"...

 of the local area.

Demographics



2010


The 2010 United States Census reported that Redding had a population of 89,861. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 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
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, 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
Marriage
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 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 (7.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships
POSSLQ
POSSLQ is an abbreviation for "Persons of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters," a term coined in the late 1970s by the United States Census Bureau as part of an effort to more accurately gauge the prevalence of cohabitation in American households....

, 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
Family (U.S. Census)
A family or family household is defined by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes as "a householder and one or more other people related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption. They do not include same-sex married couples even if the marriage was performed in a state...

 (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.

2000


As of the census
Census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 80,865 people, 32,103 households, and 20,995 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 1,383.8 people per square mile (534.3/km²). There were 33,802 housing units at an average density of 578.4 per square mile (223.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.7% White, 1.1% African American, 2.2% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, and 3.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.4% of the population.

There were 32,103 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples
Marriage
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was above age 64. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income
Income
Income is the consumption and savings opportunity gained by an entity within a specified time frame, which is generally expressed in monetary terms. However, for households and individuals, "income is the sum of all the wages, salaries, profits, interests payments, rents and other forms of earnings...

 for a household in the city was $34,194, and the median income for a family was $41,164. Males had a median income of $35,985 versus $24,652 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the city was $18,207. 15.6% of the population and 11.3% of families were below the poverty line. 21.2% of those under the age of 18, and 7.5% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

According to the 2000 census, there were 114,424 people in both the city and unincorporated areas of Redding's 3 ZIP codes. There were 31,585 people in 96001, 4,254 live west of the city limits or in nearby Keswick. In 96002, there were 30,333 people, 2,361 of which lived in Churn Creek Bottom. In 96003, there were 41,463 people, 10,543 of which lived in either unincorporated areas of Redding or Shasta Lake City, northern and western portions of Bella Vista, including all of Jones Valley. Of the entire population, 86,223 lived in the city or urban areas and 17,145 lived in the country.

Top employers


According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
# Employer # of employees
1 Shasta County
Shasta County, California
Shasta County is a county located in the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. The county occupies the northern reaches of the Sacramento Valley, with portions extending into the southern reaches of the Cascade Range. As of the 2010 census, the population was 177,223, up from 163,256...

1,925
2 Mercy Medical Center
Catholic Healthcare West
Catholic Healthcare West is a California-based not-for-profit public benefit corporation that operates hospitals in California, Arizona, and Nevada. As such, it is exempt from federal and state income taxes...

1,600
3 City of Redding 860
4 Shasta Regional Medical Center 750
5 Shasta College
Shasta College
Shasta College is an American two-year to four- year community college located in Redding, California founded in 1950. It later moved to a much bigger campus, while the original campus became the new location of Shasta High School....

700
6 Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California is a not-for-profit health plan founded in 1939 and based in San Francisco, California. The organization serves over 3.4 million health plan members and nearly 65,000 physicians across the state...

430
7 Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. , branded as Walmart since 2008 and Wal-Mart before then, is an American public multinational corporation that runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores. The company is the world's 18th largest public corporation, according to the Forbes Global 2000...

375
8 Redding Rancheria
Redding Rancheria
The Redding Rancheria is a federal reservation in Shasta County, California, consisting of Wintun, Achomawi , and Yana Indians near Redding, California.-External links:** - With the Strength of our Ancestors on Redding Rancheria's Website...

370
9 United States Postal Service
United States Postal Service
The United States Postal Service is an independent agency of the United States government responsible for providing postal service in the United States...

300
10 Shasta Head Start 250

Politics


In the state legislature
California State Legislature
The California State Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of California. It is a bicameral body consisting of the lower house, the California State Assembly, with 80 members, and the upper house, the California State Senate, with 40 members...

 Redding is located in the 4th Senate
California State Senate
The California State Senate is the upper house of the California State Legislature. There are 40 state senators. The state legislature meets in the California State Capitol in Sacramento. The Lieutenant Governor is the ex officio President of the Senate and may break a tied vote...

 District, represented by Republican
Republican Party (United States)
The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, it is often called the GOP . The party's platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S...

 Doug LaMalfa
Doug LaMalfa
Doug LaMalfa is an American politician currently serving in the California State Senate. He is a Republican representing the 4th district, encompassing Del Norte, Siskiyou, Shasta, Trinity, Tehama, Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Sutter, and Yuba counties, as well as parts of Nevada and Placer counties...

, and in the 2nd Assembly
California State Assembly
The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. There are 80 members in the Assembly, representing an approximately equal number of constituents, with each district having a population of at least 420,000...

 District, represented by Republican Jim Nielsen. Federally, Redding is located in California's 2nd congressional district
California's 2nd congressional district
California's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district located in the U.S. state of California. The district contains much of the far northern part of the state, north of Sacramento. It is the largest district by area in California...

, which has a Cook PVI
Cook Partisan Voting Index
The Cook Partisan Voting Index , sometimes referred to as simply the Partisan Voting Index , is a measurement of how strongly an American congressional district or state leans toward one political party compared to the nation as a whole...

 of R +13 and is represented by Republican Wally Herger
Wally Herger
Walter William "Wally" Herger, Jr. , American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1987, representing the California's 2nd congressional district. The second district is physically large...

.

Redding was the proposed capital of the State of Jefferson, a failed 1940's-origin secessionist movement which includes rural Northern California and Southern Oregon. The movement was born from economic troubles in the area, in addition to a perceived indifference from leaders in Salem and Sacramento to the needs of rural citizens of their respective states.

City government


The City Council is composed of Missy McArthur (mayor), Patrick H. Jones, Richard "Dick" Dickerson (vice mayor), Francie Sullivan, and Rick Bosetti. The city manager is Kurt Starman.

The city is managed under the Council-Manager form of government.

Places of interest


In 2004, the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay
Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay
The Sundial Bridge is a cantilever spar cable-stayed bridge for bicycles and pedestrians that spans the Sacramento River in Redding, California, United States and forms a large sundial. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava and completed in 2004 at a cost of US$23,500,000...

 was completed. The dramatic pedestrian span was designed by the noted Spanish architect-engineer-artist Santiago Calatrava
Santiago Calatrava
Santiago Calatrava Valls is a Spanish architect, sculptor and structural engineer whose principal office is in Zürich, Switzerland. Classed now among the elite designers of the world, he has offices in Zürich, Paris, Valencia, and New York City....

 and links the north and south campuses of the 300 acres (1.2 km²) (1,200,000 m²) Turtle Bay Exploration Park
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
Turtle Bay Exploration Park, located in Redding, California, is a museum complex that interprets the relationship between humans and nature. The attractions include a botanical garden, a natural history and science museum, a "camp" for nature, history and science education programs, and seasonal...

. The pylon holds up the bridge support cables and also acts as a sundial
Sundial
A sundial is a device that measures time by the position of the Sun. In common designs such as the horizontal sundial, the sun casts a shadow from its style onto a surface marked with lines indicating the hours of the day. The style is the time-telling edge of the gnomon, often a thin rod or a...

 (which is accurate only on the summer solstice
Solstice
A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year when the Sun's apparent position in the sky, as viewed from Earth, reaches its northernmost or southernmost extremes...

 - June 21 or 22).

Turtle Bay Exploration Park, located along the banks of the Sacramento River
Sacramento River
The Sacramento River is an important watercourse of Northern and Central California in the United States. The largest river in California, it rises on the eastern slopes of the Klamath Mountains, and after a journey south of over , empties into Suisun Bay, an arm of the San Francisco Bay, and...

, contains a museum and 20 acres (80,937.2 m²) gardens. The campus features permanent and changing exhibitions hilighting art, history, horticulture, forestry and natural science.

The historic Cascade Theatre http://www.cascadetheatre.org/Index.asp which opened in 1935 has been restored and now operates as a multi-use performance venue. The theater is an example of Art Deco
Art Deco
Art deco , or deco, is an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s, into the World War II era. The style influenced all areas of design, including architecture and interior design, industrial design, fashion and...

 architecture of the period. It was listed on the California Register of Historic Resources on November 5, 1999 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places is the United States government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation...

 on January 17, 2002. The Cascade Theatre was also the recipient of Art Deco Society of California Preservation Award on March 18, 2000.

The Hotel Lorenz is a prominent feature of downtown Redding. Built in 1902, The Hotel Lorenz is one of the oldest buildings still standing in Redding. This four-story inn was built with the intent to rival the then thriving Temple Hotel.
Redding is the largest city in the northern Sacramento Valley as well as the largest city on the 470-mile (756 km) stretch of Interstate 5 between Sacramento, California
Sacramento, California
Sacramento is the capital city of the U.S. state of California and the county seat of Sacramento County. It is located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in the northern portion of California's expansive Central Valley. With a population of 466,488 at the 2010 census,...

 and Eugene, Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Eugene is the second largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Lane County. It is located at the south end of the Willamette Valley, at the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette rivers, about east of the Oregon Coast.As of the 2010 U.S...

; however, Redding’s metropolitan population of 177,223 (2010) was substantially smaller than Medford, Oregon
Medford, Oregon
Medford is a city in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. As of the 2010 US Census, the city had a total population of 74,907 and a metropolitan area population of 207,010, making the Medford MSA the 4th largest metro area in Oregon...

’s population of 203,206. Both Redding and its neighbor to the south, Red Bluff
Red Bluff, California
Red Bluff is a city in and the county seat of Tehama County, California, United States. The population was 14,076 at the 2010 census, up from 13,147 at the 2000 census....

, are popular with tourists who use the cities as bases to explore Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park is a United States National Park in northeastern California. The dominant feature of the park is Lassen Peak; the largest plug dome volcano in the world and the southern-most volcano in the Cascade Range...

, Lake Shasta, and other natural attractions.

Redding is served by the Redding Municipal Airport
Redding Municipal Airport
-References:* Maurer, Maurer . Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.-External links:* at City of Redding web site...

 and has two major hospitals.

Library Park, in downtown Redding is the spot where the old Carnegie library
Carnegie library
A Carnegie library is a library built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929, including some belonging to public and university library systems...

 building once stood. Built in 1903, the library was torn down in 1962 to make room for a parking lot. That lot was reclaimed in 1990 and now serves as a park and community stage used for the "MarketFest." This annual summer event is staged by Viva Downtown Redding http://www.vivadowntownredding.org, a National Main Street Organization.

Education


There are 6 middle schools, 46 elementary schools, 5 charter schools, and 30 private schools in Redding.
Redding has three major high schools including:
  • Shasta High School
    Shasta High School
    Shasta High School is an American public high school located in Redding, California. With an enrollment of over 1600 students, it is the largest high school in Shasta County, California...

  • Enterprise High School
    Enterprise High School (Redding, California)
    Enterprise High School is a public high school in Redding, California. It has an enrollment of about 1,500 students. Enterprise High School is part of the Shasta Union High School District in the Redding area.-Administration:...

  • Foothill High School
    Foothill High School (Palo Cedro, CA)
    Foothill High School is a public high school originally located in Redding, California but was moved in the late 1990s to its current location of Palo Cedro, California. It offers grades nine through twelve. It serves a wide radius from northeastern portions of Redding to the west and Shingletown...



Other high schools in this area include:

Charter schools in this area include:

Redding also has five colleges and universities:
  • Simpson University
    Simpson University
    Simpson University is a private, liberal arts college located on a campus in Redding, California.-History:The college was founded as the Simpson Bible Institute in Seattle in 1921 and named for Dr. Albert B. Simpson, a 19th century Christian evangelist and founder of the Christian and Missionary...

    , a four-year private college,
  • Shasta College
    Shasta College
    Shasta College is an American two-year to four- year community college located in Redding, California founded in 1950. It later moved to a much bigger campus, while the original campus became the new location of Shasta High School....

    , a public community college
  • National University
    National University (California)
    National University , founded in 1971, is a comprehensive, nonsectarian, independent, accredited, non-profit private university headquartered in La Jolla, California, United States, with academic degree programs offered at campuses located throughout the state, one in Henderson, Nevada, and...

    , a four year, private university
  • Shasta Bible College and Graduate School
    Shasta Bible College and Graduate School
    Shasta Bible College and Graduate School an accredited four-year Baptist college and graduate school located in Redding, California, United States. SBC has online and on-campus programs leading to certificates, diplomas and degrees in both Biblical Studies and Christian Teacher Education...

    , a four-year Christian college,
  • Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, a two year, Christian ministry school.


Redding has schools that offer technical training:

Newspapers


The Redding Record Searchlight
Redding Record Searchlight
The Redding Record Searchlight is an award-winning newspaper serving Redding, California. It has a daily circulation of about 30,000 and hosts a Redding news Web site, Redding.com.-History:...

is the main newspaper
Newspaper
A newspaper is a scheduled publication containing news of current events, informative articles, diverse features and advertising. It usually is printed on relatively inexpensive, low-grade paper such as newsprint. By 2007, there were 6580 daily newspapers in the world selling 395 million copies a...

 circulated daily throughout Shasta County.

After Five
After Five
After Five is a 1915 comedy film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel.-Cast:* Edward Abeles - Ted Ewing* Sessue Hayakawa - Oki, the Valet* Betty Schade - Nora Hildreth* Jane Darwell - Mrs...

, a monthly newspaper magazine focusing on local entertainment, was founded October 28, 1986 in Redding.

"A News Cafe", started by former Record Searchlight columnist Doni Greenberg, is a growing network for human interest stories and current events.

Television

Channel Call sign Network
7.1 KRCR-DT
KRCR-TV
KRCR-TV is an ABC affiliated television station in California, USA, that serves the northern Sacramento Valley, including the towns of Redding and Chico. Its studios are located in Redding, where the station is licensed...

ABC
American Broadcasting Company
The American Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network. Created in 1943 from the former NBC Blue radio network, ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company and is part of Disney-ABC Television Group. Its first broadcast on television was in 1948...

9.1 KIXE-DT PBS
Public Broadcasting Service
The Public Broadcasting Service is an American non-profit public broadcasting television network with 354 member TV stations in the United States which hold collective ownership. Its headquarters is in Arlington, Virginia....

9.2 KIXE-DT2 Create
9.3 KIXE-DT3 PBS World
PBS World
PBS World is a 24-hour United States over-the-air digital subchannel showing public TV non-fiction, science, nature, news, public affairs and documentaries...

12.1 KHSL-DT
KHSL-TV
KHSL-TV Channel 12 is a CBS affiliate television station based in Chico, California. Its transmitter is located in Cohasset, California. The station is owned and operated by Catamount Broadcasting of Norwalk, Connecticut, which also operates KNVN channel 24, a NBC affiliate owned by Evans...

CBS
CBS
CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of...

12.2 KHSL-DT2
KHSL-TV
KHSL-TV Channel 12 is a CBS affiliate television station based in Chico, California. Its transmitter is located in Cohasset, California. The station is owned and operated by Catamount Broadcasting of Norwalk, Connecticut, which also operates KNVN channel 24, a NBC affiliate owned by Evans...

The CW
The CW Television Network
The CW Television Network is a television network in the United States launched at the beginning of the 2006–2007 television season. It is a joint venture between CBS Corporation, the former owners of United Paramount Network , and Time Warner's Warner Bros., former majority owner of The WB...

17.1 KXVU-LD
KXVU-LP
KXVU-LP is a low-power television station in Chico, California, broadcasting locally on channel 17 as an affiliate of the Spanish-language Telemundo network...

Telemundo
Telemundo
Telemundo is an American television network that broadcasts in Spanish. The network is the second-largest Spanish-language content producer in the world, and the second-largest Spanish-language network in the United States, behind Univision....

20.1 KCVU-DT
KCVU
KCVU Fox 20 is a Fox Network affiliated television station based in Chico, California. The station is owned and operated by Sainte Partners II, L.P. of Modesto, California...

Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

20.2 KCVU-DT2
KCVU
KCVU Fox 20 is a Fox Network affiliated television station based in Chico, California. The station is owned and operated by Sainte Partners II, L.P. of Modesto, California...

ThisTV
21.1 KRVU-LD
MyTV Northern California
MyTV Northern California is the regional My Network TV affiliate based in Chico, California, also serving Redding and Eureka. The station consists of KRVU-LD 21, KZVU-LD 22 and KEMY-LP 33 is owned and operated by Sainte Partners II, L.P. of Modesto, California, founded by the late Chester Smith...

MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV is a television broadcast syndication service in the United States, owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, a division of News Corporation...

23.1 KRDT-LD Religious
23.2 KRDT-LD2 HSN
Home Shopping Network
Home Shopping Network or HSN began in 1977 as a 24-hour/7 day a week home shopping television network televised via cable, satellite, and some terrestrial channels in the Philippines. HSN can also be shopped online at hsn.com...

24.1 KNVN-DT
KNVN
KNVN-TV is the NBC television station for the Chico/Redding, California market. The station is owned by Evans Broadcasting, and operated by Catamount Broadcasting, the owners of CBS affiliate KHSL-TV...

NBC
NBC
The National Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network and former radio network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Rockefeller Center with additional major offices near Los Angeles and in Chicago...

26 KGEC-LP
KGEC-LP
KGEC-LP Channel 26 is an independent station based in Redding, California. It was founded by Fresno, California, businessman George E. Cooper in 1997 and became an America One network affiliate in January 1998 before changing its affiliation in July 2000. Cooper's initials are the station's...

Religious
27.1 KUCO-LD
KUCO-LP
KUCO-LP channel 27 is a local Univision Spanish-language affiliate based in Chico, California in the United States. It was the first Spanish-language station to hit the air north of Sacramento. It is owned by Sainte Partners II, L.P. of Modesto, California...

Univision
Univision
Univision is a Spanish-language television network in the United States. It has the largest audience of Spanish language television viewers according to Nielsen ratings. Randy Falco, COO, has been in charge of the company since the departure of Univision Communications president and CEO Joe Uva...

33 K33HH 3ABN
3ABN
Three Angels Broadcasting Network, or 3ABN for short, is a nonprofit, 24-hour television and radio network that primarily focuses on Christian and health-oriented programming...

35.1 KKTF-LD Telefutura
TeleFutura
TeleFutura is a U.S. Spanish-language broadcast television network owned by Univision with headquarters in Miami, Florida.-Overview:TeleFutura Is America’s #2 Spanish-Language Network in prime time...

41 KRHT-LP
KRHT-LP
KRHT-LP is a low-power television station in Redding, California, broadcasting locally on channel 41 as an affiliate of the Spanish-language Azteca América network...

Azteca America
Azteca América
Azteca América is a broadcast television network marketed toward Spanish-speaking families residing in the United States. As a rapidly-growing Spanish language network, Azteca América now reaches 89% of the Hispanic households in the U.S., operating in sixty-two markets nationwide. Wholly owned by...


Transportation



Major highways

  • Interstate 5
    Interstate 5 in California
    Interstate 5 is a major north–south route of the Interstate Highway System in the U.S. state of California. It begins at the Mexico – United States border at the San Ysidro crossing, goes north across the length of California and crosses into Oregon south of the Medford-Ashland metropolitan...

     runs through the east central portion of this city.
  • CA 299
    California State Route 299
    State Route 299 is a state highway in the U.S. state of California that runs across the northern part of the state. It runs from Arcata on the Pacific Ocean to the border with Nevada. Between Arcata and Redding, Route 299 junctions with State Route 96 and is briefly co-signed with State Route 3. In...

    , formerly U.S. 299, runs through the western, central, and northeastern parts of the city.
  • CA 44
    California State Route 44
    State Route 44 is a state highway in the U.S. State of California that travels in an east–west direction from Redding to Lassen Volcanic National Park before ending at Route 36 west of Susanville...

     runs through the middle and eastern part of town. It is on surface streets for much of its route through Redding
  • CA 273
    California State Route 273
    State Route 273 is a state highway in Shasta County, California, USA. The route takes a more direct approach to the cities of Anderson and Redding, passing through their downtown districts. Interstate 5 is a bypass of this route, as it connects both ends. This route was part of former U.S. Route...

    , was formerly the Interstate 5 Business Route, and also formerly the U.S. 99, directly through the city.

Rail transportation


Amtrak
Amtrak
The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak , is a government-owned corporation that was organized on May 1, 1971, to provide intercity passenger train service in the United States. "Amtrak" is a portmanteau of the words "America" and "track". It is headquartered at Union...

, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Redding, operating its Coast Starlight
Coast Starlight
The Coast Starlight is a passenger train operated by Amtrak on the West Coast of the United States. It runs from King Street Station in Seattle, Washington, to Union Station in Los Angeles, California. The train's name was formed as a merging of two of Southern Pacific's train names, the Coast...

 daily in both directions between Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Seattle is the county seat of King County, Washington. With 608,660 residents as of the 2010 Census, Seattle is the largest city in the Northwestern United States. The Seattle metropolitan area of about 3.4 million inhabitants is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the country...

 and Los Angeles, California.
Amtrak California
Amtrak California
Amtrak California is a brand name used by the Caltrans Division of Rail for all state-supported Amtrak rail routes within the U.S. State of California...

 also provides Thruway Motorcoach service to Stockton
Stockton - San Joaquin Street Station
The Stockton – San Joaquin Street Station is an Amtrak station in Stockton, California. Originally built for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway, it is a stop for trains on Amtrak's San Joaquins line between Oakland and Bakersfield....

 or Sacramento for connections to the San Joaquins
San Joaquins
The San Joaquin is a passenger train operated by Amtrak as part of the Amtrak California network in California's Central Valley. Twelve trains a day run between its southern terminus at Bakersfield and Stockton, where the route splits to Oakland or Sacramento...

, which serve the San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco Bay Area
The San Francisco Bay Area, commonly known as the Bay Area, is a populated region that surrounds the San Francisco and San Pablo estuaries in Northern California. The region encompasses metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, along with smaller urban and rural areas...

, San Joaquin Valley
San Joaquin Valley
The San Joaquin Valley is the area of the Central Valley of California that lies south of the Sacramento – San Joaquin River Delta in Stockton...

 and the Los Angeles
Los Ángeles
Los Ángeles is the capital of the province of Biobío, in the commune of the same name, in Region VIII , in the center-south of Chile. It is located between the Laja and Biobío rivers. The population is 123,445 inhabitants...

 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.

Air transportation


Air Transportation for the Redding area is provided by two general aviation
General aviation
General aviation is one of the two categories of civil aviation. It refers to all flights other than military and scheduled airline and regular cargo flights, both private and commercial. General aviation flights range from gliders and powered parachutes to large, non-scheduled cargo jet flights...

 airports. Redding Municipal Airport
Redding Municipal Airport
-References:* Maurer, Maurer . Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.-External links:* at City of Redding web site...

, located south of Redding, has four scheduled flights from SkyWest (United Express). The smaller Benton Airpark
Benton Field
Benton Field , also known as Benton Airpark, is a city-owned public-use airport located one mile west of the central business district of Redding, a city in Shasta County, California, United States. It is one of two airports located in the City of Redding, the other being Redding Municipal...

 is located on the western side of Redding. First Class Shuttle also offers shuttle service from the Oxford Suites hotel on Hilltop Dr. to the Sacramento International Airport
Sacramento International Airport
Sacramento International Airport is a public airport located 10 miles northwest of the central business district of Sacramento, in Sacramento County, California, USA. It is run by Sacramento County...

 seven days a week.

City districts/neighborhoods



  • Layton Oaks
  • Windsor Estates
  • Buckeye Terrace
  • Redwood Estates
  • Downtown
  • Girvan
  • Westwood Manor
  • Buckeye
  • Shasta View Gardens
  • Bonnyview
  • Enterprise
  • Churn Creek Bottom (unincorporated, pop. 2,361)
  • Oasis
  • Mt. Shasta Mall (Dana Dr/Hilltop)
  • West Ridge
  • Mary Lake (includes Mary Lake (California)
    Mary Lake (California)
    Mary Lake is a small freshwater man-made lake in Redding, California. It is located near the Mary Lake Subdivision on the west side of Redding off Buenaventura Boulevard...

    )
  • Western Ranches (a.k.a Greenbelt)
  • Bluffs
  • Stanford Hills
  • Gold Hills

  • Miracle Mile
  • Parkview
  • Plateau Circle
  • Kutras Tract
  • Garden Tract
  • College Highlands
  • Hacienda Heights
  • Quartz Hill
  • Boulder Creek
  • Spring Hill
  • Tierra Oaks (Redding/Shasta Lake City)
  • Lake Redding Estates
  • Greenwood Heights
  • Ridgewood Estates
  • Sunset Terrace
  • Sunset West
  • The Knolls
  • Country Heights
  • Edgewood Estates


Notable residents


Notable people who were born in or lived in Redding include:
  • David de Berry
    David de Berry
    David de Berry was a U.S. composer of theater music as well as an actor and music director.De Berry is best known for the score of a 1987 adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, on which he collaborated with playwright Richard Hellesen and director Dennis Bigelow...

    , theater composer and actor
  • Rick Bosetti
    Rick Bosetti
    Richard Alan Bosetti is a retired Major League Baseball outfielder who played from to for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, and Oakland Athletics....

    , professional baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies
    Philadelphia Phillies
    The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team. They are the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional American sports, dating to 1883. The Phillies are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League...

    , St. Louis Cardinals
    St. Louis Cardinals
    The St. Louis Cardinals are a professional baseball team based in St. Louis, Missouri. They are members of the Central Division in the National League of Major League Baseball. The Cardinals have won eleven World Series championships, the most of any National League team, and second overall only to...

    , Toronto Blue Jays
    Toronto Blue Jays
    The Toronto Blue Jays are a professional baseball team located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blue Jays are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball 's American League ....

     and the Oakland Athletics
    Oakland Athletics
    The Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball team based in Oakland, California. The Athletics are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From to the present, the Athletics have played in the O.co Coliseum....

  • Shane Drake
    Shane Drake
    Shane C. Drake is an American music video director originally from Redding, California. He has directed videos for bands such as Trivium, Paramore, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Angels & Airwaves, Flo Rida, Timbaland, Blindside, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Almost, Hawthorne Heights and...

    , Music video director attended Enterprise High School
    Enterprise High School (Redding, California)
    Enterprise High School is a public high school in Redding, California. It has an enrollment of about 1,500 students. Enterprise High School is part of the Shasta Union High School District in the Redding area.-Administration:...

     (Class of 1992) in Redding.
  • Karan English
    Karan English
    Karan English served in the U.S. House of Representatives of the 103rd United States Congress from 1993 to 1995....

    , the former Arizona
    Arizona
    Arizona ; is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the western United States and the mountain west. The capital and largest city is Phoenix...

     Congresswoman
    United States House of Representatives
    The United States House of Representatives is one of the two Houses of the United States Congress, the bicameral legislature which also includes the Senate.The composition and powers of the House are established in Article One of the Constitution...

     attended Enterprise High School
    Enterprise High School (Redding, California)
    Enterprise High School is a public high school in Redding, California. It has an enrollment of about 1,500 students. Enterprise High School is part of the Shasta Union High School District in the Redding area.-Administration:...

  • John Gibson
    John Gibson (media host)
    John David Gibson is an American radio talk show host. As of September 2008, he hosts the syndicated radio program The John Gibson Show on Fox News Radio. Gibson was formerly the co-host of the weekday edition of The Big Story on the Fox News television channel.-Early career:Gibson earned a BA...

    , of the Fox News Channel
    Fox News Channel
    Fox News Channel , often called Fox News, is a cable and satellite television news channel owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of News Corporation...

    , went to Sequoia Middle School
    Sequoia Middle School
    Sequoia Middle School is a school located in Newbury Park, California under the Conejo Valley Unified School District. It serves a student body of about 1100 in grades 6-8. It is located in Newbury Park just south of the US 101 on Borchard Road....

    , Shasta High School
    Shasta High School
    Shasta High School is an American public high school located in Redding, California. With an enrollment of over 1600 students, it is the largest high school in Shasta County, California...

    , and Central Valley High School
    Central Valley High School
    Central Valley High School is the name of several high schools:* Central Valley High School * Central Valley Christian High School Visalia, California* Central Valley High School...

    .
  • Raymond Jacobs
    Raymond Jacobs
    Raymond Jacobs was a United States Marine Corps Private First Class, a Radioman with the 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines of the 5th Marine Division , and later a news reporter...

    , said to be in photo of first flag raised on Iwo Jima
  • Jenna Jameson
    Jenna Jameson
    Jenna Jameson is an American entrepreneur and former pornographic actress, who has been called the world's most famous adult-entertainment performer and "The Queen of Porn."...

    , inhabited Redding for a short period of time during her time of rehabilitation from drug abuse.
  • Bill Johnson
    Bill Johnson (pastor)
    Bill Johnson and his wife Brenda Johnson are the Senior Pastors of Bethel Church in Redding, California. Johnson is a fifth generation pastor.- Personal background :...

    , Pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, and author.
  • Kathleen Kennedy
    Kathleen Kennedy (movie producer)
    Kathleen Kennedy is an American film producer. In 1981 she co-founded Amblin Entertainment with her husband, Frank Marshall, and Steven Spielberg . She is known for producing the Jurassic Park films, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial...

    , movie producer
  • Matthew Kennedy
    Matthew Kennedy (author)
    Matthew Kennedy is an American author, film historian, and anthropologist.-Biography:Kennedy was born in Redding, California, attended Shasta High School, and the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in theater arts in 1979...

    , author
  • Buck Martinez, a former professional baseball player and the manager of the United States team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic
    World Baseball Classic
    The World Baseball Classic is an international baseball tournament sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation and created by Major League Baseball , the Major League Baseball Players Association , and other professional baseball leagues and their players associations around the world...

  • Randy Miller
    Randy Miller
    Randall J. "Randy" Miller was an American musician and drummer for the Seattle-based band, The Myriad.Miller was born in Long Beach, California in 1971 to Jack and Jayne Miller. He moved to Redding, California, in 1985 with his family. Miller graduated from Central Valley High School in Redding in...

    , drummer of The Myriad
    The Myriad
    The Myriad is a Seattle-based band. They were selected as 2007's MTV2 Dew Circuit Breakout champions. Their newest album, With Arrows, With Poise, was released on May 13, 2008....

    .
  • Ryan O'Callaghan
    Ryan O'Callaghan
    Ryan O'Callaghan is an American football offensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft...

    , of the New England Patriots
    New England Patriots
    The New England Patriots, commonly called the "Pats", are a professional football team based in the Greater Boston area, playing their home games in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium. The team is part of the East Division of the American Football Conference in the National...

     NFL team
  • Megan Rapinoe
    Megan Rapinoe
    Megan Anna Rapinoe is an American soccer midfielder who is currently a free agent in the Women's Professional Soccer League and a member of the United States women's national soccer team...

    , professional soccer player for the Chicago Red Stars
    Chicago Red Stars
    The Chicago Red Stars are a American professional soccer club that is based in the Chicago suburb of Lisle, Illinois that participates in the Women's Premier Soccer League. From 2009-2010, the Red Stars played their home games at Toyota Park in the Womens Professional Soccer...

     and the US Women's National Soccer Team is from Redding
  • Kevin Rose
    Kevin Rose
    Kevin Rose is an American Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Revision3, Digg, Pownce, and Milk...

    , Owner of Digg.com was born in Redding.
  • Brian Sandoval
    Brian Sandoval
    Brian Edward Sandoval is an American politician. He is the 29th and current Governor of the U.S. state of Nevada since January 3, 2011. Sandoval is a former judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada...

    , Current governor of Nevada (2011–Present), born in Redding.

Surrounding towns

  • Anderson
    Anderson, California
    Anderson is a city in Shasta County, California, USA, approximately 10 miles south of Redding. The population was 9,932 at the 2010 census, up from 9,022 at the 2000 census....

     (10 mi South) (pop. 11,000)
  • Olinda-Happy Valley (11 mi Southwest) (pop. 1,200)
  • Cottonwood
    Cottonwood, California
    Cottonwood is a census-designated place in Shasta County, California, United States. The population was 3,316 at the 2010 census, up from 2,960 at the 2000 census. Cottonwood is a stagecoach town founded in 1882. Cottonwood is equidistant between Redding and Red Bluff , in both directions...

     (15 mi South) (pop. 3,000)
  • Red Bluff
    Red Bluff, California
    Red Bluff is a city in and the county seat of Tehama County, California, United States. The population was 14,076 at the 2010 census, up from 13,147 at the 2000 census....

     (31 mi South) (pop. 20,000)
  • Shasta Lake
    Shasta Lake, California
    Shasta Lake or Shasta Lake City is a city in Shasta County, California, United States. It is the closest settlement to Lake Shasta and the Shasta Dam, which are popular tourist destinations...

     (8 mi North) (pop. 10,300)
  • Lakehead
    Lakehead-Lakeshore, California
    Lakehead-Lakeshore is a census-designated place in Shasta County, California, United States. The population was 549 at the 2000 census. It is a very seasonal town with many Shasta Lake services, including a small grocery store, Subway restaurant inside the Shell gas station, and low-cost lodging...

     (26 mi North) (pop. 1,228)
  • Palo Cedro
    Palo Cedro, California
    Palo Cedro is a census-designated place in Shasta County, California, United States. The population was 1,269 at the 2010 census, up from 1,247 at the 2000 census. It is east of Redding, California. The communities of Bella Vista , Millville , Shingletown , Oak Run , Whitmore , and Round...

     (9 mi East) (pop. 4,000)
  • Millville
    Millville, California
    Millville is a census-designated place in Shasta County, California, United States. The population was 727 at the 2010 census, up from 610 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Millville is located at ....

     (13 mi East) (pop. 810)
  • Whitmore
    Whitmore, California
    Whitmore is an unincorporated town of 166 people in the U.S. state of California. It is equidistantly north of Shingletown and east of Redding. Its zip code is 96096, and wired telephone numbers follow the pattern 530-472-xxxx, which is shared by the neighboring communities of Oak Run and Ingot...

     (27 mi East) (pop. 593)
  • Shingletown
    Shingletown, California
    Shingletown is a census-designated place in Shasta County, California, United States. The population was 2,283 at the 2010 census, up from 2,222 at the 2000 census....

     (29 mi East) (pop. 2,222)
  • Bella Vista
    Bella Vista, California
    Bella Vista is a census-designated place in Shasta County, California. Bella Vista is a small, rural community about north-east of Redding, and about north of Palo Cedro. Bella Vista sits at an elevation of...

     (8 mi Northeast) (pop. 1,218)
  • Oak Run
    Oak Run, California
    Oak Run is a small unincorporated community east of Redding in Shasta County, California. The towns of Bella Vista , Millville , Shingletown , Palo Cedro , Whitmore , and Round Mountain lie within a radius...

     (23 mi Northeast) (pop. 820)
  • Round Mountain
    Round Mountain, California
    Round Mountain is a census-designated place in Shasta County, California, United States. The population was 155 at the 2010 census, up from 122 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Round Mountain is located at ....

     (31 mi Northeast) (pop. 350)
  • Burney
    Burney, California
    Burney is an unincorporated town and census-designated place in Shasta County, California, United States. The population was 3,154 at the 2010 census, down from 3,217 at the 2000 census...

     (53 miles Northeast) (pop. 5,300)
  • Fall River Valley
    Fall River Mills, California
    Fall River Mills is an unincorporated town and census-designated place in Shasta County, California, United States. The population was 573 as of the 2010 census.-Production & Industry:The community is known for its agriculture...

     {72 miles Northeast} (pop.3,650)
  • Shasta
    Shasta, California
    Shasta is a census-designated place in Shasta County, California. Shasta sits at an elevation of . The 2010 United States census reported Shasta's population was 1,771....

     (6 mi West) (pop. 750)
  • Igo
    Igo, California
    Igo is an unincorporated town with 625 residents 9 miles west of Redding, CA. Its ZIP Code is 96047. Wired Telephone numbers follow the pattern 530-396-xxxx. It has a neighboring town of Ono 4.0 miles west. It is also home to the Northern California Veterans Cemetery, dedicated in December 2005...

     (11 mi West)
  • French Gulch
    French Gulch, California
    French Gulch is a census-designated place in Shasta County, California, United States. The population was 346 at the 2010 census, up from 254 at the 2000 census.-Geography:French Gulch is located at ....

     (18 mi West) (pop. 100)
  • Platina
    Platina, California
    Platina is a small unincorporated community of 200 people in Shasta County, California, approximately and equidistantly 40 miles west of Redding and Red Bluff. Its ZIP Code is 96076. Wired Telephone Numbers follow the pattern 530-352-xxxx.-History:...

     (39 mi Southwest)

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