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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population84,416
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens15.5%
Employed Population 16+41,225
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married51.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher41.6%
Median Earnings25+$32,987
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,421

Wealth

Median Family Income$68,215
% Above Poverty Level87.6%
% Below Poverty Level12.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home9.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone28.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,024
Median House Value$295,300

Ancestry

German21.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.8%
Irish13.5%
English11.9%
Italian4.5%
Norwegian4.4%
Swedish3.4%
Scottish3.4%
French Except Basque2.8%
Polish2.8%
Dutch2.1%
Welsh1.4%
Danishn1.3%
Canadian0.9%
Finnish0.8%
Swiss0.7%
Russian0.6%
Portuguese0.6%
Austrian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Croatian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Greek0.3%
African0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Icelander0.2%
Arab0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Syrian0.1%
Bahamian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Turkish0.1%
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Bend Almanac

CategoryValue
County Deschutes County
Standard Zip Codes97701, 97702, 97703, 97707
P.O. Box Zip Codes97708, 97709
Phone Area Codes458,541
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude44.07
Approximate Longitude-121.25

Bend Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBEND
Distance1.6 miles
Jan Temp23 to 40 F
Apr Temp30 to 57 F
Jul Temp46 to 81 F
Oct Temp32 to 62 F
Annual Precip11.7 inches
StationREDMOND ROBERTS AP
Distance15.6 miles
Jan Temp23 to 43 F
Apr Temp30 to 62 F
Jul Temp47 to 86 F
Oct Temp33 to 66 F
Annual Precip8.5 inches
StationSISTERS
Distance19.5 miles
Jan Temp20 to 39 F
Apr Temp29 to 57 F
Jul Temp42 to 83 F
Oct Temp29 to 63 F
Annual Precip14.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Redmond27,998$50,306
Sisters2,330$61,250

Bend Public Libraries

Deschutes Public Library District
507 NW WALL ST
Bend, Oregon
(541) 617-7050

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Bend Hospitals

St Charles Medical Center
(Non-profit)
2500 Ne Neff Road
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Bend Public Schools

Elk Meadow Elementary School
60880 Brookswood Blvd
(541) 383-6420
Primary
Total Enrollment 553
Cascade Middle School
19619 Mountaineer Wy
(541) 383-6230
Middle
Total Enrollment 901
High Desert Middle School
61000 Diamondback Ln
(541) 383-6480
Middle
Total Enrollment 759
Juniper Elementary School
1300 Ne Norton St
(541) 383-6165
Primary
Total Enrollment 522
Pilot Butte Middle School
1501 Ne Neff St
(541) 383-6260
Middle
Total Enrollment 626
Bend Senior High School
230 Ne 6th St
(541) 383-6290
High
Total Enrollment 1569
Mountain View Senior High School
2755 Ne 27th St
(541) 383-6360
High
Total Enrollment 1374
Lava Ridge Elementary School
20805 Cooley Rd
(541) 383-6202
Primary
Total Enrollment 552
Amity Creek Elementary School
437 Nw Wall St
(541) 383-6195
Primary
Total Enrollment 176
Marshall High School
1291 Ne 5th
(541) 383-6580
High
Total Enrollment 160
Buckingham Elementary School
62560 Hamby Rd
(541) 383-6135
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
Realms (rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning
1501 Ne Neff St
(541) 322-5323
Middle
Total Enrollment 134
Highland School At Kenwood Elementary School
701 Nw Newport Ave
(541) 383-6220
Primary
Total Enrollment 396
Summit High School
2855 Nw Clearwater Dr
(541) 322-3300
High
Total Enrollment 1372
Westside Village Magnet School At Kingston Element
1101 Nw 12th St
(541) 383-6205
Primary
Total Enrollment 264
High Lakes Elementary School
2500 Nw High Lakes Lp
(541) 322-5200
Primary
Total Enrollment 589
Sky View Middle School
63555 Ne 18th St
(541) 383-6479
Middle
Total Enrollment 758
Pine Ridge Elementary
19840 Hollygrape St
(541) 388-5900
Primary
Total Enrollment 549
Ensworth Elementary School
2150 Ne Daggett Ln
(541) 693-2200
Primary
Total Enrollment 228
Tumalo Community School
19835 2nd St
(541) 382-2853
Primary
Total Enrollment 401
Bear Creek Elementary School
51 Se 13th St
(541) 383-6120
Primary
Total Enrollment 532
R E Jewell Elementary School
20550 Murphy Rd
(541) 383-6150
Primary
Total Enrollment 581
Ponderosa Elementary
63100 Ne Purcell
Primary
Total Enrollment 593
William E Miller Elementary
300 Nw Crosby Dr
Primary
Total Enrollment 560

Bend Private Schools

Bridges Academy
67030 Gist Rd
Secondary
Total Enrollment 13
A Child's Garden
2150 Ne Studio Rd Ste 1
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
Seven Peaks School
19660 Mountaineer Way
Elementary
Total Enrollment 254
New Leaf Academy
63050 Dickey Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 16
Eastmont Community School
62425 Eagle Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 113
Trinity Lutheran School
2550 Ne Butler Market Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 243
J Bar J Learning Centers
62895 Hamby Rd
Secondary
Total Enrollment 30
Three Sisters Adventist Christian School
21155 Tumalo Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 39
Morning Star Christian School
19741 Baker Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 94
The Waldorf School Of Bend
19888 Rocking Horse Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 50
J Bar J Learning Ctrs Sisters Academy Campus
63325 Silvis Rd
Secondary
Total Enrollment 21
Circle Of Friends Preschool And Kindergarten
702 Ne Norton Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
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