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The city of Anderson is located in Shasta County<1>.

Anderson was established in 1851 and was incorporated January 16, 1956.

The origin (or the toponymy) of Anderson: Named after Elias Anderson, a rancher who in 1872 granted a right-of-way to the California and Oregon Railroad (now the Southern Pacific).

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Anderson has a population of 10,582 people<2> (see below for details).

The community of Anderson is 420 feet [128 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Anderson lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Anderson is located in the (530) area code.

The ZIP code for Anderson: 96007<4>

In the past, Anderson was named American Ranch.

Websites for Anderson ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Anderson had an population of 10,582 people. This is an increase of 6.54% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 17.29% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Anderson had a population of 9,932 people (which is 5.6% of the total population of Shasta County). This makes Anderson the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Anderson represents 0.03% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 372nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 9,932 people, the population of Anderson increased 10.09% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 9,022 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Anderson.

Communities Also Named Anderson ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 70 communities that are also named Anderson - they are located in Alabama (3), Alaska, Arkansas (3), British Columbia, Georgia (7), Idaho, Illinois (2), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (2), Kentucky (2), Louisiana, Michigan (8), Mississippi, Missouri (2), Montana (2), Nevada (2), New Jersey, New York, North Carolina (2), Ohio (3), Oklahoma (2), Ontario (2), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (3), Quebec, South Carolina, Tennessee (5), Texas, Virginia, West Virginia (2) and Wisconsin (3).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Anderson.

Communities near Anderson ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Anderson.

  • Redding
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest)
  • Red Bluff
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
  • Shasta Lake
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shasta Lake
    • Shasta Lake is located in Shasta County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,379 people
    • Former names for Shasta Lake:
    • Boomtown
    • Central Valley
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Shasta Lake <5>
  • Cottonwood
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
  • Pacheco
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pacheco have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pacheco
    • Pacheco is located in Shasta County
  • Balls Ferry ‑ Historic
    (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Balls Ferry. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<7>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Balls Ferry
    • Balls Ferry is located in Shasta County
  • Bell's Bridge ‑ Historic
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Bell's Bridge. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<7>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bell's Bridge
    • Bell's Bridge is located in Shasta County
  • Happy Valley
    (5 miles [8 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Happy Valley
    • Happy Valley is located in Shasta County
    • Former name for Happy Valley:
    • Oak
  • Olinda
    (5 miles [8 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olinda
    • Olinda is located in Shasta County
  • Parkville ‑ Historic
    (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Parkville. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<7>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parkville
    • Parkville is located in Shasta County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Anderson. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Anderson.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Anderson. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Anderson.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Anderson. Our list includes 11 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Anderson.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Anderson ...

Looking for more information about Anderson? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Anderson, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Anderson.

Adding Anderson to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Anderson in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Anderson was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>

From that list, the Anderson post office opened in 1878.

We also found Anderson in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Anderson.

The official website for Anderson:

The official website for Shasta County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Shasta, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Anderson.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Anderson - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Anderson). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Anderson or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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