Retire in Redding, California

Redding is located in the northern edge of the Sacramento Valley, on the banks of the Sacramento River with miles of walking trails.  Driving across the Sacramento River and looking toward the western mountains is always breathtaking to us, and we've
lived here since 1972. 
With its natural beauty, abundance ofrecreational opportunities, and excellent quality of life, Redding is the perfect place to retire.  
Recreational visitors can enjoy outdoor activities such as golfing, skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, camping and so much more. The Sacramento river is one of the finest trout fishing waters in the Western United States. 
Visitors that have vacationed here for years, often retire in Redding.  Redding is the hub of the north state nestled between the Cascades and the Trinity Alps. It is only 3 1/2 hours to San Francisco, 2 1/2 hours to Sacrament, 3 hours to the ocean, and 3 1/2 miles to Reno, Nv.  Residents and visitors enjoy excellent shopping, cultural and educational facilities and events, and a wide variety of outdoor leisure time activities. 

The quality of life, clean air, low crime rate and affordable housing are just a few of the reasons so many people choose to retire here. 
Total population 90,033
Median home price $265,000


Average January high/low temperature 55° / 36°
Average July high/low temperature 98° / 64°
Precipitation 38 in. /yr.
% Sunny days per year 47 %


Median home price $ 265,000
Average property taxes(2006) $ 1857

Recreational & Cultural Activities

Number of public golf courses within the county 7
Number of private golf courses within the county 3
Health clubs, studios & gymnasiums within 15 miles of the location 15
Number of movie theaters 3
Number of junior colleges, colleges, 5
Population with college degree 27 % have a college degree
Completed at least some college 62%


Number of hospitals 5
Median family income
(per year)
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
Sales tax 7.25%
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
Median commute time (in minutes) 13.2
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 6.6%