Shasta Lake (or Shasta Lake City or 'CV') is a city in Shasta County, California, United States. It is the closest settlement to Lake Shasta and the Shasta Dam, which are popular tourist destinations. The population was 9,008 at the 2000 census. As of 2007, the population is 10,293.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.9 square miles (28.3 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,008 people, 3,391 households, and 2,377 families residing in the city. The population density was 825.6 people per square mile (318.8/km²). There were 3,732 housing units at an average density of 342.0/sq mi (132.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.82% White, 0.72% African American, 4.43% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 2.00% from other races, and 4.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.18% of the population.
There were 3,391 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $26,275, and the median income for a family was $33,010. Males had a median income of $31,418 versus $20,951 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,678. About 16.5% of families and 20.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.1% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.
There are five schools located within the city: Grand Oaks Elementary School (K-6), Shasta Lake School (K-8), Central Valley High School (9-12) and Mountain Lakes High School (10-12). They are all a part of the Gateway Unified School District.
In the state legislature Shasta Lake is located in the 4th Senate District, represented by Republican Sam Aanestad, and in the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa. Federally, Shasta Lake is located in California's 2nd congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +13 and is represented by Republican Wally Herger.
Shasta Lake started out as a town named Central Valley, which came about with the construction of Shasta Dam in 1938. Project City was built at the intersection of Highway 99 and Shasta Dam Boulevard, a larger Central Valley further down the road, and Summit City on Lake Blvd. The workers at Shasta Dam built these towns because provisions were running low and working conditions were getting harsher. Later on, Central Valley became the commercial hub of workers on Shasta Dam.
Toyon School in Summit City was the first elementary school to open in the Central Valley area (it recently closed and is now home to Mountain Lakes High School). As Central Valley was in fact larger than Redding at the time, chaos began to brew over building. When oil production slowed down in the 70s (about 15 years after Redding surpassed Central Valley in population), the city's growth slowed down as well. The population figures in 1980 were Central Valley at 3,424, Project City at 1,659, and Summit City at 1,139. Talks of Incorporation spread in 1993 and incorporation became a reality on July 2, 1993 when 60% of the communities' people voted for incorporation.
A new McDonald's, Burger King inside the Chevron station, and several gas stations and a few motels encompass the area of the Shasta Dam Hwy and Interstate 5 interchange. These were all built around 2000 and several more fast food outlets and motels are planned for this interchange. Taco Bell might buy out a locally-owned fast food taqueria. Other companies such as Jack in the Box, Carl's Jr, Wendy's, Denny's, Best Western, Motel 6, and Super 8 have been interested in this area. Starbucks recently opened up, right next to Rite Aid. The business landscape will be similar to other locations on I-5 in the San Joaquin Foothills, such as Kettleman City or Santa Nella.
Like Anderson, Shasta Lake City is going to build 2,000 houses west of Mountain Gate (3 mi north of town), 1,000 homes on the south side, and 800 homes on the west side. A Wal-Mart Supercenter is also proposed for either Shasta Lake City or on Oasis Road in Redding, which is closer to Shasta Lake City than downtown Redding. The population could be over 40,000 within 20 years.