About Redding

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About the City of Redding

Redding is a city in Northern California, located off Interstate 5, with the Sacramento River coursing through it. It is the county seat of Shasta County, California, USA. With a 2010 Census population of 89,861, 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.

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, the city has a total area of 61.2 square miles (159 km2). 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 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.

Elevation can vary greatly in different parts of Redding, because the city is extremely spread out. Downtown Redding is 495 feet (151 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 (150 m). This is why outermost fringes have a better chance of snow in the winter than right in the central area.

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. Flow rate exceeded this threshold in both 1970 and 1974.

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.[5]


Redding has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen: Csa), with hot dry summers and mild 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 °F (38 °C). The highest official recorded temperature in Redding, CA was 118 °F (48 °C) on July 20, 1988. That was recorded at the Redding airport which is a few miles away from Redding. Some people in town, however, recorded as high as 122 that same day. Redding has an average possible sunshine of 88%, the second-highest percentage (after Yuma, Arizona) of any US city.[6] While snow in Redding is uncommon, Redding does receive an average of 4.8 inches (12 cm) of wet snow annually.[7] Redding rarely gets sleet and freezing rain; 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 in the northernmost part. In spring, rain is common. Tornadoes are extremely rare; flooding occurs only around the area near the Sacramento river. The coldest temperature recorded in Redding was 7 °F (−14 °C)

Places of interest

In 2004, the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay was completed. The dramatic pedestrian span was designed by the noted Spanish architect-engineer-artist Santiago Calatrava and links the north and south campuses of the 300-acre (1.2 km2) (1,200,000 m²) Turtle Bay Exploration Park. The pylon holds up the bridge support cables and also acts as a sundial (which is accurate only on the summer solstice—June 21 or 22).

Turtle Bay Exploration Park, located along the banks of the Sacramento River, contains a museum and 20-acre (81,000 m2) gardens. The campus features permanent and changing exhibitions highlighting art, history, horticulture, forestry and natural science.

The historic Cascade Theatre, which opened in 1935, has been restored and now operates as a multiuse performance venue. The theater is an example of Art Deco 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 on January 17, 2002. The Cascade Theatre was also the recipient of an 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 mi (760 km) stretch of Interstate 5 between Sacramento, California, and Eugene, Oregon; however, in 2010, Redding’s metropolitan population of 177,223 was substantially smaller than Medford, Oregon’s population of 203,206. Both Redding and its neighbor to the south, Red Bluff, are popular with tourists, who use the cities as bases to explore Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lake Shasta, and other natural attractions.

Redding is served by the Redding Municipal Airport and has two major hospitals.

Library Park, in downtown Redding, is the spot where the old Carnegie library 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 was the community stage used for the “MarketFest” until it was moved to the Market Street Promenade for 2013. This annual summer event is staged by Viva Downtown Redding, a National Main Street Organization.

Also downtown is Old City Hall, home of the Shasta County Arts Council and site for many community events, including TEDxRedding, held for the first time in February 2012.


The City of Redding is served by eight different school districts.

High Schools

– Shasta Union High – most of the city of Redding is served by this district. Students attend Redding School District and Grant School District if they are on the Westside and Enterprise School District if they are in the southeast or Boulder Creek areas (except where noted below). They attend K-8 in the Columbia district if they are in the northeastern portion of the city.

– Anderson Union High – the southeast portion of Redding south of the Clover Creek Preserve and east of Alta Mesa Drive is served by this district. Students attend Pacheco School District for grades K-8.

– Gateway Unified – students in some of the far northern areas of Redding (including Tierra Oaks) attend school in Shasta Lake City’s Gateway Unified School District for grades K-12

Much of the city is served by the Shasta Union High School District for grades 9-12. As for elementary school districts, on the westside of the river they include the Redding School District and the Grant Elementary School District. Most of the eastside is served by the Enterprise Elementary School District while the far eastside is served by the Columbia Elementary School District. A good portion of Southeast Redding is served by the Anderson Union High School District and the Pacheco School District. The only portions of Redding not served by the Shasta Union High School District and one of its feeder districts are some areas in the far northern area of the city (including Tierra Oaks) which are served by the Gateway Unified School District for grades K-12.

There are 6 middle schools, 46 elementary schools, 5 charter schools, and 30 private schools in Redding. Redding has Four major high schools


Major highways

– I-5 (CA).svg Interstate 5 runs through the east central portion of this city.

– California 299.svg CA 299, formerly US 299 (CA).svg U.S. 299, runs through the western, central, and northeastern parts of the city.

– California 44.svg CA 44 runs through the middle and eastern part of town. It’s western terminus is at Market Street (California 273) in downtown Redding.

– California 273.svg CA 273, was formerly the Interstate 5 Business Route, and also formerly the US 99 (CA).svg U.S. 99, directly through the city.

Rail transportation

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. 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.

Air transportation

Air Transportation for the Redding area is provided by two general aviation airports. Redding Municipal Airport, located south of Redding, has four scheduled flights from SkyWest (United Express). The smaller Benton Airpark 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 seven days a week.

All information about Redding courtesy of Wikipedia.