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Overview
Population:3,991
Pop. Change:33%
State: California
Metro Area: Redding Metro Area
County: Shasta County
City:Cottonwood
Zip Code:96022
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Cottonwood's Real Estate Market
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 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
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Redding Metro Area

Profile: Small town

Location: Northern California, at the north end of the Central Valley

Elevation: 342

Time zone: Pacific Standard Time

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Mild wintersEducational attainment
Outdoor recreationSummer heat
Revitalizing economy Isolation

Redding is located along I-5 between the Central Valley and the mountainous region to the north into Oregon. Although the nearby mountain ranges and hilly terrain give a different physical appearance from other Valley towns, Redding shares many of the same concerns of the others – challenged economy, high cost of living and housing, and little to do. But there are some signs of an upswing.

The economy, traditionally based on declining forest products from the nearby mountains and some light manufacturing and food processing, had experienced some employment dislocations. Redding’s role as a center for a large region of tourism and some retirement destinations has brought some renewed economic strength, but the area is far from a career-building destination.

Outdoor recreational opportunities are abundant around Lake Shasta to the north, in Trinity Alps to the northwest, and in the Sierra/Cascades to the east. In summer, trapped valley air and abundant sunshine lead to extreme heat with 98 days above 90 degrees, and readings of 105 to 110 not uncommon. The weather is pleasant the rest of the year. The town itself is non-descript and somewhat lacking in intellectual stimulation. Living costs, following most of California, have risen substantially. Redding is a long 3-hour drive from Sacramento, source of the nearest major air service and other amenities.

Low mountains surround Redding in three directions with higher mountains in the distance. Terrain is slightly undulating with typical California valley vegetation—grasses and occasional trees. Summers are consistently hot and completely dry, while winters are cool and wet but with little to no snow except in surrounding mountains. The shape of the valley and latitude lead to more rainfall than most other valley locations.

Interesting Facts about Cottonwood, California

As of 2014, Cottonwood's population is 3,991 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 33.34 percent.

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The median home cost in Cottonwood is $155,800. Home appreciation the last year has been 11.10 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Cottonwood's cost of living is 4.60% Higher than the U.S. average.

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Cottonwood public schools spend $11,936 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.4 students per teacher in Cottonwood.

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The unemployment rate in Cottonwood is 9.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Cottonwood jobs have Increased by 1.04 percent.


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Map Of Cottonwood

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Average Commute time is 28 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Cottonwood's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes