Bend, OR

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Bend, OR

About Bend, OR

Bend, Oregon is an incredible city located in central Oregon. It's known for its breathtaking mountain views, diverse culture, and vibrant nightlife. Visitors can take advantage of outdoor activities like exploring Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway or hiking at Lava Lands Visitor Center to explore the local area. Nature enthusiasts can visit places like Deschutes National Forest or High Desert Museum to gain insight into local wildlife. After exploring, sample delicious food from restaurants like Wild Rose or Roost Beer Garden & Pub. With so much to offer, Bend is a fantastic place to visit for an unforgettable experience! Small resort city - Central Oregon, just east of the Cascade Range.

State: Oregon
County: Deschutes County
Metro Area: Bend Metro Area
City: Bend
Zip Codes: 97701 97702
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Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 3623 ft above sea level

Bend is an artsy resort community in the high Oregon desert just east of the Cascade Range and the Mount Bachelor ski area. To Oregon, it is what Aspen is to Colorado or Truckee/Lake Tahoe is to California: with a fairly upscale clientele, several nearby resort communities, and an attractive small downtown. Quite obviously Bend has been discovered for its recreation opportunities, climate and small town atmosphere, and has grown rapidly as a retreat for retirees, young people, and self-employed or small business workers with only occasional need for a bigger city. This rapid growth aggravates the downsides of increasing living and housing costs and has brought some areas of unattractive sprawl.

The private industry base is fairly small and jobs outside of the public sector or tourist industry are hard to find; that said, overall job growth projections are strong. The 160-mile drive to Portland is difficult, particularly in winter. But for now, Bend remains a highly desirable and relatively affordable address by West Coast standards.

Bend is in a very attractive setting located at the western edge of the high plateau area that comprises much of central Oregon. The Cascade Range lies just west. Bend sits at the transition between coniferous forest and a high sagebrush desert, with several broad creek valleys moving west from the town into the mountains. The climate is semi-arid with an abundance of sunshine and a wide range between daytime and nighttime temperatures. Moisture approaching from the west, mainly in winter is blocked by mountains but some gets through creating variable but generally pleasant winter weather. Cold, dry snaps may arrive from the inland north. Summer thundershowers and occasional winter rain and snows provide most of the moisture. Snow cover is generally light but much heavier to the west in the mountains.

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Bend Cost of Living

Attractive setting, outdoor recreation, and pleasant climate make Bend a great place to live.

+49.2% higher than avg
+7.0% higher than avg
9.0 / 5.2
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Bend Crime
37.2 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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I have visited Bend for many years and moved here last year with my family. Every person that complains about Bend does not understand how economics works. The main  More
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Over 3 years ago
When I moved to Bend it was a charming small city of about 50,000 people. The population has now more than doubled and the once clean, quiet community is a noisy, dirty,  More
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Over 3 years ago
I've lived in Bend for 10 years now. I'm originally from a poorer town in CA with the same population as Bend. Here are my pros and cons of living in Bend. Pros: -  More
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