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!!! :)