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Shasta County is a county located in the northern portion of the U.S. state of California, USA. 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 at the 2000 census. The county seat is Redding.

Shasta County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. Parts of the county's territory were given to Siskiyou County in 1852, and to Tehama County in 1856. The county was named after Mount Shasta; the name "Shasta" is derived from the English equivalent for the name of an Indian tribe that once lived in the area. The name of the tribe was spelled in various ways until the present version was used when the county was established. Originally Mt. Shasta was within the county, but it is now part of Siskiyou County, to the north. Its 14,179-foot (4,322 m) peak is visible throughout most of Shasta County.

Neighbors and friends

There are plenty of neighbors for residents of Shasta County to visit. They include:


  • Tehama County, California - south
  • Trinity County, California - west
  • Siskiyou County, California - north
  • Modoc County, California - northeast
  • Lassen County, California - east
  • Plumas County, California - southeast


Click the county name to go to that county for Shasta, Clenn, Butte, Trinity, Mendocino and Plumas.

Cities and Towns


  • Anderson (The city was named after ranch owner Elias Anderson who granted the Oregon and California Railroad trackage rights and land for a station.)
  • Redding (It is the county seat of Shasta County, California, USA. With a population of 89,861 as of the 2010 Census, Redding is the largest city in the Shasta Cascade region and is the fourth largest city in the Sacramento Valley behind Sacramento, Elk Grove, and Roseville.)
  • Shasta Lake (It is the closest settlement to Lake Shasta and the Shasta Dam, which are popular tourist destinations. Prior to incorporation it was known as Central Valley or CV)


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

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)
  • Big Bike Weekend (October)
  • Fall River Valley Lights of Christmas Parade (December)



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

Mass Transportation

Redding Area Bus Authority (RABA) provides service in and around Redding. One route operates to Burney via State Route 299. Greyhound buses and Amtrak trains both serve Redding.

Major Highways

  • Interstate 5 markerInterstate 5
  • state route 36 marker State Route 36
  • state route 44 markerState Route 44
  • state route 89 markerState Route 89
  • state route 151 marker State Route 151
  • state route 273 marker State Route 273
  • state route 299 marker State Route 299
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