Introduction to Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon, in Deschutes county, is 121 miles SE of Portland, Oregon. Bend is situated along the banks of the Deschutes River near the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountain Range. It's located in the central portion of Oregon and the landscape features Ponderosa Pine as well as a high desert plateau. Bend is a popular destination for a variety of outdoor activities. Tourism is a major factor for the economy.

Healthcare, social services, scientific and technical services and wood products manufacturing are prominent parts of the economy. It's a popular retirement location. The city features a high desert climate with sunny days and cool nights. Bend is known as a cosmopolitan mountain town and features a vibrant, diverse art scene.

Bend History

The name was taken from "Farewell Bend" the name given by the pioneers to an area situated along the Deschutes River. The U.S. Postal Service changed it to Bend. Non-native settlements were established beginning in the early 1900's. It was incorporated as a city in 1905. In the early days Bend was known as a logging town.

Bend Attractions

  • Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • Bend Film Festival
  • High Desert Museum features exhibits regarding Native Americans, animals and the pioneers
  • Tower Theatre
  • Vince Genna Stadium
  • The Central Oregon Hotshots play in the International Basketball League
  • Cascade Cycling Classic
  • Numerous spas are located in the area
  • Old Mill District includes popular restaurants and upscale shops
  • Bend River Promenade is popular for shopping and dining
  • Art in the High Desert
  • Mirror Pond, located in Drake Park is situated downtown
  • Les Schwab Amphitheater
  • Community Theatre of the Casca

Bend Activities

The numerous rivers and lakes provide opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities. Residents and tourists enjoy whitewater rafting, fly fishing and kayaking on the Deschutes River. Golfing is popular on the numerous quality courses. The Crooked and Metolius rivers are enjoyed by residents and tourists. Paulina and East lakes are popular fishing locations. The Cascade Mountains are well known for hiking and bicycle riding.

Mount Bachelor ski resort is a popular destination. The close by Cascade Lakes are enjoyed for a variety of outdoor activities. Bend is a popular location for bicycle riding and includes a variety of landscapes for cyclists including scenic forests, lava fields, a desert terrain and mountains. The Three Sisters Wilderness area is popular for backcountry hiking and camping. Smith Rock State Park is well known for rock climbing. Hiking to the top of Pilot Butte provides a panoramic view of the landscape.

The scenic Newberry National Volcanic Monument features interesting lava formations, obsidian fields, water falls and hiking trails. Skeleton, Arnold Ice and Lava River caves are popular destinations for exploration. The pristine Cultus Lake provides opportunities for canoeing, fishing, swimming and boating. Elk Lake features beautiful mountain scenery and clear water. Tumalo State Park includes camping areas. Bend has an active nightlife and includes popular locations such as the Astro Lounge, Bend Distillery Martini Bar, Deschutes Brewery and Bend Brewery.

Bend Higher Education

The city is home to Central Oregon Community College and the OSU-Cascades Campus of Oregon State University.

Bend Transportation

The city is served by the nearby Roberts Field airport.


Total Population 81,780
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 39,548
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 51.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.9%
Median Earnings25+ $31,808
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,026
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,434


Median Family Income $67,611
% Above Poverty Level 87.5%
% Below Poverty Level 12.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 9.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 29.1%
Median Gross Rent $955
Median House Value $271,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.4%
US/American 0%
English 12.9%
Irish 14.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bend Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 121 miles SE of Portland, Oregon
County Deschutes
Standard Zip Codes 97701, 97702, 97707
P.O. Box Zip Codes 97708, 97709
Phone Area Codes 541
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.058
Longitude -121.314

Bend Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BEND
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 40 F
Apr Temp 30 to 57 F
Jul Temp 46 to 81 F
Oct Temp 32 to 62 F
Annual Precip 11.7 inches
Distance 15.6 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 43 F
Apr Temp 30 to 62 F
Jul Temp 47 to 86 F
Oct Temp 33 to 66 F
Annual Precip 8.5 inches
Distance 19.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 29 to 57 F
Jul Temp 42 to 83 F
Oct Temp 29 to 63 F
Annual Precip 14.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bend, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Sunriver (97707)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Redmond 27,450 $44,904
Sisters 2,596 $56,932

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bend Public Libraries

Deschutes Public Library System
Bend, Oregon
(541) 385-3244
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Bend Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(541) 382-4321
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bend High Schools

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2755 NE 27TH ST
Serves 1,385 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.2

230 NE 6TH ST
Serves 1,255 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.5

Serves 1,184 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

1291 NE 5TH
A Non-traditional School
Serves 140 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

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