Shasta is a census-designated place in Shasta County, California, United States. Shasta sits at an elevation of 843 feet. The 2010 U.S. Census reported Shasta's population was 1,771. A bustling town of the 1850s through the 1880s, Shasta was for its time, the largest settlement in Shasta County and the surrounding area. Sometimes referred to today as "Old Shasta", the town was an important commercial center and a major shipping point for mule trains and stagecoaches serving the mining towns and later settlements of northern California.