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Living in Redding - 8/16/2008
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BLD8605
Redding, CA

Well, if you like a growing city then Redding is the place for you. Me personally, I'm not wild about it. Redding has lots of outdoor activities available. Kayaking on our beautiful lakes, skiing/snowboarding on beautiful Mt. Shasta, boating, hiking, horseback riding, etc. And that is what has brought so many people here. As a result of so many people coming here the crime has gone up dramatically (in my opinion), people are not as friendly anymore (city people bringing their attitudes with them), it's crowded everywhere you go, and jobs are hard to come by/keep. It's kind of a country setting, which is nice if you're into that kind of thing (wholesome way of life). This is all just the opinion of someone who has been here their whole life of course. You may love Redding!

...don't underestimate the summers here either.. they are HOT HOT HOT!!! :)

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Katie
Shasta Lake, CA

things to know before moving here - 9/9/2014

My decision to move to Shasta County was an impulse that I regret more than any foolish thing I ever did. I bought a house, paid too much and am waiting for the day I can sell it and fly out of hell. What I didn't know that made it a horrible place to live 1. Utilities are extremely expensive. I lived in a bigger house in another place and paid a 1/4 of what I'm paying on electricity. Friends with bigger houses pay 600 a month for A/C 2. It gets hot here and stays hot making it hard to be outdoors a good portion of the year. starting in May temperatures can reach 100 and stay there day after day. Heat stroke is not fun. Its mid September as I write this and there is another month of hideously hot days many over 100. I got skin cancer here and I slathered on the sunscreen. 3. The choices of doctors are awful either incompetent or unprofessional (not all of them, just enough to make it not pleasant to live here) 4. Unqualified people are in management positions all over this town amazingly unprofessional and frustrating incompetence when you need something done 5. Culture is sparse enough to make this a very vanilla boring place 6. The worst dirty little secret. This is the 5th most dangerous place in the US for sexual assaults against women. There are more sex offenders per female than most places in the US like 3 times the average. I was warned by a former cop that if he were a female he'd go no place without gun and for sure wouldn't walk alone -- sure enough there are a lot of shady looking characters and meth addicts lying around in the park looking menacing. 7. People move here to go to the cult Bethel not understanding the risk to young women in particular, they end up chewed up and spit out by the cult and pastors have some sort of bodyguards around them. Locals resent Bethel because the kids end up on food stamps and going to the cheap medical clinics and some end up homeless. The combination of the odd cult like Bethel, the sex offenders, the scarcity of work (its who you know and the locals don't want to know you if you are in outsider) The lack of professionalism, the crappy doctors and lack of choice and the hell like heat combined with an inability to walk around freely if you are a female both for the heat and the sex offenders makes this a truly horrible place to live. I've lived in a lot of areas always found something to like about them, I find nothing here. I wished I'd been warned. If you are thinking of moving here for Bethel,you will regret it when you find out how impersonal the megacult is.

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Lon
Redding, CA

Redding, CA. Sucks! - 8/12/2014

Redding, CA. Much too hot in summer for most folks. Temps stays above 100 degrees for three to four months every year. Serious drought has been in affect for over five years. Wild fires are rampant. Drugs are the number one business in Redding. Crimes is out of control and there is no government representation in the north state. Schools are second class and overcrowded. Need to know more?

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Dawn
Redding, CA

Redding is a Good Place to Live and Visit - 10/8/2013

I've been a part time resident of Redding for years and have enjoyed all the area has to offer on many levels. The downtown area still has a lot to be desired but it has improved over the years and now has a beautiful renovated theater and several new trendy restaurants. The retail section of town has also grown over the years to include all the large chains such as Trader Joe's, Costco and Macy's so nothing lacking there. The area appeals to retirees and families who come to town looking for value in property compared to what they would find in the big California cities. Those who can afford it can purchase nice homes on acreage that would be unaffordable in places like LA or the Bay Area. Yes, it is hot in the summer with July and August being the hottest so Ac is a must. Yes, there are also undesirables just like in any city but that doesn't mean you have to associate with them. There are many wonderful people living in Redding enjoying this lovely scenic part of the state.

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Cammie
Redding, CA

Can't wait to get out of here. - 7/22/2013

I was born and raised here. If you asked me 2 years ago, I would tell you that you couldn't pay me to leave. The area is beautiful, but now, that is the only thing keeping me here. The city government is beyond corrupt. The economy has always been on the slow side, but now, jobs are virtually non existent. The utility rates are outrageous. However, what is really driving me out is the crime. The police force has received many cut backs and the meth population is out of control. 6 years ago, I purchased a house in a nice neighborhood, but now my neighborhood has become the target of thieves and vandals. I no longer feel safe here. I know that it will be hard to find somewhere that compares in beauty, but the corruption, a city council that can't manage money, crime, and continuous utility rate hikes, as income keeps dropping is pushing me out.

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Walt
Cottonwood, CA

Hot Weather - 7/15/2013

Redding< California sits in the far northern Sacramento Valley, at the base of the mountains. Lakes, streams, and recreation abound, but realize that this geographical location traps the poor air from the Sacramento area as the winds blow it north up the Sacramento Valley and is held at the base of the mountains. Visibility is greatly affected in a negative manner and the heat index can be terrible. +100 degree days are common in the summer months and often reach 110-115 degrees. Going outside is limited during these days, especially for the retired and elderly. Winter months are usually above freezing with some occasional dips into freezing temperatures. Rain is usually heavy in the winter.

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Jo
Sequim, WA

Hot: too hot to breathe in the summer and utilitie - 4/20/2013

Redding is the hottest place I know of and the cost of utilities is very high, especially if you live in the country. We had to keep the air going on the hot days all the time and our bill would be $600.00 plus per month. The cost of living is very high for a town with so few jobs, what really runs it up is food and utilities, housing seems to be reasonable some what but very diddicult to find a home with raised foundation, most a slab.

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William
Boynton Beach, FL

move - 7/20/2012

desire to move their

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April
Redding, CA

hate it - 1/24/2012

too hot

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Melinda
Redding, CA

I LOVE Redding!!! - 4/10/2011

Redding is not only beautiful, full of lakes, rivers, streams and snow capped mountains like Shasta and Lassen. The people are very friendly. I've lived here for 30 years and have traveled quite a bit, and I'm always happy to get back to Redding!

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Tracee
Redding, CA

One of the prettiest places for outdoor recreation - 10/24/2010

Redding is one of the prettiest places in California. We are surrounded by mountains and we have miles and miles of hiking, biking and walking trails. We also have lakes and rivers to play on. It's very hot here in the summer and having the mountains and lakes to escape to is a blessing.

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Lauren
Redding, CA

STAY AWAY FROM REDDING - 6/29/2010

Ok, orignally moved to Hayward, California from Cincinnati, Ohio...MISTAKE #1. MISTAKE #2 deciding to move out of the city to have an easier life like the one I used to have in Cincinnati. Redding is beautiful but once you get to know it, its a nightmare. Meth heads ARE EVERYWHERE, the cops are lazy and dont want to help you ( i would know because I had the wonderful problem of dealing with a meth head/drunk/insane person threatening my life and constantly trying to fight my boyfriend). I called the police on three different occasions on this druggie and the cops solution? Move. Literally every person I happen to come in contact with was either homeless and on drugs, on welfare and on drugs, or just on drugs. I, personally was accused of being high on meth as well, which is almost comical, but at the same time is not. Because the town is crawling with meth heads everyone assumes you too are on meth. On top of the drug problem, the homeless problem, the crap job market and the rude people who just want to fight, you get the real feeling your in hell when you sit around and sweat in the summers in 115 degree heat. Believe me, its a real treat. I have been here 5 months and guess what Im getting the hell outta dodge....tomorrow as a matter a fact! Do yourself a favor and DO NOT MOVE TO REDDING!! Save yourself and your sanity and do not move to this hell on earth!

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Michele
Columbia, SC

Nice place to live and raise a family - 1/15/2010

I lived in Redding for 15 years and raised my children there also. It is a nice community and even though it is growing, it has a small town feel, so be careful who you talk about as most people are related and/or know each other. But all in all it is a great place to live. Sorry I had to leave but it is the only place in California I would return to if I was to move back to the west coast. Lovely people, places, things to do, and even the weather is not bad in the heat of the Summer. Gotta love it!

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Transplant
Redding, CA

Economy and Culture - 1/7/2010

If you need employment, there are no actual industries in Redding - mostly small business, retail, 2 hospitals, medical offices and a very small percentage of government employees. Redding is behind the rest of the large cities in California by at least 15 years. Elected officials have not brought in a 4 year college or encouraged industry to stay to provide jobs. It may be a good place to raise kids or retire but a real struggle to make a living here. The population is not diverse culturally and is quite provincial with strong conservative political views and traditional American family values. The summers are incredibly hot - temps often reaching 105+ for most of the summer thus heating and cooling utility bills will run fairly high.

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michael
Dallas, OR

weatehr - 9/15/2009

I dont live there but ive been there and the heat is awesome!

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stacey
Gardena, CA

The little things are worth it - 6/21/2009

I grew up in Redding, I moved to los angeles 4 years ago. I miss it so much. I just got married and my spouce and i want to move back but with the job market the way it is we are finding it hard to take that leap. but in LA you dont have trees and trails no rain at all( you relize how you like the rain when there isnt any ever) I miss the lake yeah we have the ocean GROSS!! the beach is dirty and people dont care about there trash. you cant walk down the street with out watching you back, and so much more thing you cant do in LA that you can in redding its worth giving up a few things that LA has that redding doent to be happy!!!

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richard
Rancho Cordova, CA

Lakehead California Economic , population statisti - 10/10/2008

Although the city section of this Web Page dosen't have lakehead california on it , Redding California is the closest large city so I put it in order to continue this. I am writing this in regards to LAKEHEAD , CALIFORNIA . Your webpage comes back with a population that is wrong, job rate is wrong, basically other than lakehead is in california everything is incorrect. Lakehead California is in dire straits. Even the childrens school closed last year becasue there are not enough children there to keep it open. Lakehead California is on the Federal Census Bureau watch list because of it's 50% drop in population over the past ten years. There are not 1500 people living there. Almost every buisness on Main Street is in financial trouble and/or up for sale. Nothing in the Lakehead area has improved in the past 40 to 50 years. Everything except Lakehead Lodge (which got painted and semi remodeled by an individual that did the best he could) is run down and very un attractive to the passers by. The level of near by Shasta Lake is 170 feet below normal , which leaves up stream lakehead with a stream of water vs a river. So In short, I would revisit the facts of Lakehead California before publishing things that are totally untrue. With the recent change in economy here in the U.S. Lakehead California may certainly fall lower into the failing town status than ever before.

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BLD8605
Redding, CA

Living in Redding - 8/16/2008

Well, if you like a growing city then Redding is the place for you. Me personally, I'm not wild about it. Redding has lots of outdoor activities available. Kayaking on our beautiful lakes, skiing/snowboarding on beautiful Mt. Shasta, boating, hiking, horseback riding, etc. And that is what has brought so many people here. As a result of so many people coming here the crime has gone up dramatically (in my opinion), people are not as friendly anymore (city people bringing their attitudes with them), it's crowded everywhere you go, and jobs are hard to come by/keep. It's kind of a country setting, which is nice if you're into that kind of thing (wholesome way of life). This is all just the opinion of someone who has been here their whole life of course. You may love Redding! ...don't underestimate the summers here either.. they are HOT HOT HOT!!! :)

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Bruce
Redding, CA

Redding Summers - 8/12/2008

I am not originally from Redding, but have lived here for several years now. I find the heat in the summer here to be swelteringly hot. Think Las Vegas or Phoenix and back it off a little. Combined with the smoke from the fires this summer (08) it has been miserable. I am a returning adult student and wonder if I want to finish school here or head elsewhere. Lived in Portland in the mid 80,s for just shy of two years and loved it. Now Portland is even a better place to live. Bruce

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Autumn
Redding, CA

Shasta and Whiskeytown lakes - 6/21/2008

Within 15 minutes from downtown Redding you can be to either the very large (and great for boating, caping, mountain biking, hiking, Fishing, swimmming and more) Shasta lake or the smaller yet beautiful Whiskeytown lake( kayaking, sailboating, hiking, swimming, boating, camping, etc..). Mt. Shasta (great ski and snowboard park available), Mt. Lassen and Castle Crags are all within an hours drive.. Not to mention the local Rivers and creeks that are throughout the area. we also have the gorgeous Sundial Bridge, Turtle bay museum and much more...The weather can be hot in the summer so take advantage of what the area has to offer & cool it down. I love living and enjoying my family of 5 in the Reding Area.

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karenabcde
Modesto, CA

Redding-coming along! - 6/5/2008

Redding, like the rest of the central valley, has hot summers. However, these summers do not have the humidity found in some other areas of the country. Redding has their own power generation company, which allows electricity to be cheaper than some other larger metropolitan areas of California. Let's not forget that Redding is convenient to some pretty spectacular scenery, not to mention not far from Lake Shastina and Lake Shasta and a bunch of other recreational areas. To the person who said they can't wait to get back to the "Bay Area" because Redding is too conservative and not "multicultural" enough for them-open your mind!!!Learn about what goes on inside someone's head rather than what the color of their skin is. You sound very prejudiced. Multicultural doesn't tell you what is inside a person's head nor what kind of person they are. This same person seems to think that Redding is "too conservative" for them, yet they give to evidence of this or any examples. Pretty narrow-minded of them, isn't it. I grew up in "fly over country" where every person is important and everyone's opinions are valued. When I myself lived in the Bay Area, where the so-called "multiculturalism" is supposed to flourish, I was amazed at the narrowmindedness and prejudice they have toward flyover country. Redding is one of those "flyover" places. But Redding has a very good quality of life, and values individuality. The Bay Area deludes itself into thinking it is so "diverse"----well, maybe that is only skin deep, get it? Once you get past the skin color, then what? For anyone with an open mind, try Redding. It is close enough drive to the Sierra mountain range, to many natural rivers, and you could do worse than live in Redding. Redding's winter temperatures rarely drop below 40 degrees, and it doesn't snow. It doesn't have the traffice jams you find in the Bay Area, and the people are friendly, and you can actually have a conversation with them because they have a bit of time for that instead of having to race off down the freeway. There aren't really any slums in Redding and there are several community colleges within range. Oh-and the internet HAS come to Redding---you can get your MBA from Duke online while you live in Redding.

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