|Population as of 2000|
Shasta County is a county located in the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. The county occupies the northern reaches of the Sacramento Valley, with portions extending into the southern reaches of the Cascade Range. The county seat and by far the largest city is Redding. Among the tourist attractions in Shasta County is Lassen Peak, Shasta Lake, and the Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Shasta County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. Parts of the county's territory were given to Siskiyou County in 1852, and to Tehama County in 1856.
The county was named after Mount Shasta; the name "Shasta" is derived from the English equivalent for the name of an Indian tribe that once lived in the area. The name of the tribe was spelled in various ways until the present version was used when the county was established. Originally Mt. Shasta was within the county, but it is now part of Siskiyou County, to the north. Its 14,179-foot (4,322 m) peak is visible throughout most of Shasta County
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,847 square miles (9,965 km²), of which, 3,785 square miles (9,804 km²) of it is land and 62 square miles (161 km²) of it (1.62%) is water. Mountains line the county on the east, north and west. The Sacramento River flows out of the mountains to the north, through the center of the county, and toward the Sacramento Valley to the south.
Shasta County is a county in California with the following cities: