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
Estimate Projections
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

Median Age

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.

Shasta County Population by Age

US Census Bureau

Household Income

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.

Median Household Income

US Census Bureau

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.

Comparative Cost of Living Index