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Are you thinking of moving to or within California but aren’t sure which city is right for you? In this episode of Hometown USA, I’m going to tell you all about my hometown of Redding, California, and the surrounding areas in Shasta County. We’ll look at the pros and cons of living in this beautiful city so you know exactly what to expect.

Affordable Living


One of the first pros that make Redding the most attractive area in California right now is the affordability factor. We've seen so many prices climbing, from gas and housing to food and everything in between. It's really important to find someplace that is affordable, and Redding is one of the last places in California that has affordable housing.

You can find homes and price ranges of $300,000 to $400,000, and you can get some with land, some with pools, and some in excellent neighborhoods. Although inventory is low, when you find the house that you're looking for it's still much more affordable than other areas in California.

Outdoor Recreation

On top of the affordability factor, another pro of living is here is outdoor recreation. Redding, California, and the surrounding areas are probably some of the most beautiful areas in the whole country. We have beautiful Shasta Lake with its approximately 365 miles of shoreline. There’s also Whiskeytown Lake, the world-renowned Sundial Bridge, the Sacramento River (that’s excellent for rafting in the summer or salmon fishing), Mount Lassen, and Mount Shasta.

Additionally, we are a short drive away from snow skiing in the wintertime. We also have mountains for hiking and plenty of outdoor activities like dirt bikes, motorcycles, and areas to go camping with friends and family. It’s an excellent place to go swimming or bring friends and family for an afternoon barbecue. We just have the most beautiful surroundings that you could ask for with so many adventures that people want to enjoy.

While you may not be getting a big-city environment, the mountain views in Shasta County are something that you cannot find anywhere else. I traveled the country and was shocked when I realized that no place was as beautiful as my hometown. It didn't matter where I went or where I traveled to; the scenery here—from the river to the mountains to the sunsets—is just absolutely gorgeous. You can't find it anywhere else. Here in Redding, you can sit down, have a drink, kick your feet up, watch the sun go down, and see the most beautiful views ever.

A Small-Town Community

Another pro to living in Shasta County or Redding is the community. Shasta County is full of the most helpful, kind, compassionate people that are willing to go above and beyond to help one another. We have a small-town community feel with people reaching out to help others.

There are small groups that help with cleanups, events, or fundraisers to help those in need. We also have small businesses that I’ll be introducing you to over the next couple of weeks; they’re very community-oriented and do so much to give back.

These people and businesses are so appreciated by community members, and it’s something different that you won't find anywhere else. You can travel the world, but when you come here, you'll find that the people are very compassionate and giving. Overall, the community is very welcoming.

The Cons Of Living In Redding

Now I’ll tell you a little bit about some of the cons of living in Redding. With every good place, there are bad things also, and I don't want to beat around the bush when it comes to the things that maybe aren't the best in Shasta County.

One con is we are still part of California; there's no way to get around it. But our views are very different than the rest of California, and we're proud of that. The other thing is that we've had several fires in Shasta County, so we do have higher insurance rates in some areas. It does get very warm here during certain times in the summer, and it's not uncommon to have several days that are over 100 degrees.

That being said, we have amazing firefighters and first responders. When something does happen, our community stands together.

Make Redding Your Home

If you are looking for a place that’s still in California, is absolutely beautiful, has a lower cost of living, and offers stunning views, you’ve got to find Shasta County and Redding, California. The beauty surrounds us, and you will be so glad you came here.

If you have any questions or want to know more about Redding, California, and our surrounding areas, reach out to me and I'm happy to help. I can tell you so much more and give you a tour of our beautiful area. Make sure to also subscribe to my channel so you never miss an episode of Hometown USA, my show all about beautiful Redding and Shasta County, California. Stay tuned to see what I feature next!

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