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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Redding is a town in California with a population of 91,327. Redding is in Shasta County. Living in Redding offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Redding there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families, young professionals, and retirees live in Redding and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Redding are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$253,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,037
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    472.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    94.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    104.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    665.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,477.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    585.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    43%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Redding

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$50,579
National
$55,322
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If you are middle, or upper middle class, you will love Redding! Beautiful area, lots to see and do, and still fairly close to the coast, the city, etc. Housing is very reasonable. But, it is a city that hates poor people. Social Services are extremely limited. There are food banks, but minimal public transportation. There is a large homeless population, made up, mostly, of addicts, alcoholics, and the mentally ill. The "haves" demonstrate virtually no compassion for the "have nots." They call them, collectively "tweakers" whether or no. The homeless are blamed for all the crime in the area, and perhaps rightly so, due to the dearth of resources for survival and treatment. Local law enforcement seem devoted to $ accumulation, via tickets and impounds. They simply do not respond, when called for crime. Buck passing among agencies is the norm.
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Redding is a beautiful sprawling City with hills and trees and incredible views from just about anywhere because of the terrain. Of the 95,000 residents, I see several trends, one of them being many faith-filled people from many great churches in the area working hard to improve our city, address the many needs, and make positive changes by serving the city in so many ways that I've never seen in any other City and I've lived in multiple States. The other side of the population seems to be less-educated, many of them lifetime residents, a portion of these with addictions, that are very negative about Redding and even manage to complain about those who are doing positive things here. When one church helped the city save the Civic Center as well as five police officers that were being laid off, a small but loud number of locals ranted that a church was taking over the city. It would be really nice if people could simply honor one another and stand together. Our city is worth it!
I grew up in Redding back in the '60s and '70s. People were friendly. I moved away in the early '80s I had joined the military. Not my first choice of job, but finding a job with a living wage wasn't in Redding. During the next 20 years I lived in other states and other countries. At the end of my military career, I moved to redding by request of my parents who live there. I found a job doing technical work for a communications company. So, I worked for them for 3 years,never made a true living wage. During my time in redding, I found people there are closed minded, and phobic about most things. My Dad's office was always getting broken into and homeless people squatting there. My vehicles were also broken into and property stolen. If you live in redding (even if you own) and your power gets disconnected, the city will evict you so you can join the rest of the homeless there. There is a bad meth problem there and ex-cons of every kind being bused in. I moved to Sacramento, love it!