Redding : California

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What it's Like to Retire in Redding

Redding is a city of 90,000 in north central California.  It is the county seat of Shasta County and experiences hot summers and wet winters which are conducive to its farming and ranching lifestyle. This north state area provides water to Southern California from the Shasta Dam, which in turn provides great outdoor recreation opportunities to the area.


Where to Retire in Redding and Home Prices

The median selling price of a home was about $222,525 in late 2014, according to There is at least one active adult community (see Redding Active Communities link above).


What is special about Redding

The Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay is a dramatic pedestrian span that works as an accurate sundial on the summer solstice.  The Cascade Theatre is a a classic art deco building. Turtle Bay Exploration Park offers a museum and 20 acre garden.  Redding and Shasta County are considerably more affordable than the coastal region, Bay Area, and LA regions of California.


What is not special about Redding

Redding has unemployment which is slightly higher than the rest of the State (about 12%).  The nearest major airport is in Sacramento approximately 2 hours away.


Who will like retirement in Redding

People who like outdoor activities, beautiful scenery, a ranching and farming community, and a rural lifestyle in the wonderful California climate.


Local economy is driven by

Tourism, medical services, ranching and farming activities, and local business supporting these.


Climate and Physical Environment

Redding is located in the northern part of the state above Sacramento. Winter months see 8-9 inches of rain, while summers are quite dry. Average January temperature is in the mid 40's.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Cascade Theatre is the local performance venue. Downtown Redding is experiencing a remarkable turnarond with new restaurants and businesses opening each month.  Marketfest is a weekly festival held on Thursdays.



Redding is a safe community when compared to cities its size.  The crime rate for serious crimes (homicide, rape) is low, while the rate for property related crimes has been on the increase.


Medical facilities

Mercy Medical and Shasta Regional serve the area including emergency trauma care.



There is a AMTRAK service and a twice daily van shuttle to Sacramento airport.  The Redding airport provides daily service to San Francisco airport.  Interstate 5 provides easy freeway access from Sacramento (about 2 hours driving).


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Facts about REDDING
  • State: CA
  • Environment: Rural,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: suggietu

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