Shasta County is currently home to 180,000 people, with a projected population of 195,628 by 2025. This projection is supported by the fact that population increase has been steady for the last twenty years, with an annual average increase of 1 percent. Between 1990 and 2010, population grew 20 percent in the county. This steady increase is due to a greater number of births than deaths in the area and a fairly steady growth in employment opportunities.
|Shasta County Population Projections, 5-year Increments|
|2010||2015||2020||2025||2030||2035||2040||2045||2050||177,538||180,021||187,524||195,628||202,156||207,865||212,264||216,340||220,252||California Dept. of Finance, Dec. 2014|
Shasta County has a median age of 41.9 years, providing a reliable and experienced labor pool, as well as a stable consumer market. Projections for the next ten years indicate the highest increase for those between 35-44.
The median household income for 2014 in Shasta County is $21.42 per hour or $44,556 annually, which is substantially lower than many other areas in the Western U.S. By locating in Shasta County businesses can decrease labor costs while paying an above average wage to attract the best employees Shasta County has to offer.
Cost of Living
According to Sperlinger’s Best Places, the Cost of Living in Shasta County is among the most affordable in the Western United States.