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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

Bend Public Schools

Amity Creek Elementary School
437 Nw Wall St
ZIP: 97701
(541) 355-2800
Primary
Total Enrollment 174
Bend Senior High School
230 Ne 6th St
ZIP: 97701
(541) 355-3700
High
Total Enrollment 1713
Buckingham Elementary School
62560 Hamby Rd
ZIP: 97701
(541) 355-2600
Primary
Total Enrollment 536
Ensworth Elementary School
2150 Ne Daggett Ln
ZIP: 97701
(541) 355-1600
Primary
Total Enrollment 242
High Lakes Elementary School
2500 Nw High Lakes Lp
ZIP: 97701
(541) 355-1700
Primary
Total Enrollment 647
Highland School At Kenwood Elementary School
701 Nw Newport Ave
ZIP: 97701
(541) 355-1900
Primary
Total Enrollment 391
Juniper Elementary School
1300 Ne Norton St
ZIP: 97701
(541) 355-1800
Primary
Total Enrollment 568
Lava Ridge Elementary School
20805 Cooley Rd
ZIP: 97701
(541) 355-2400
Primary
Total Enrollment 588
Marshall High School
1291 Ne 5th
ZIP: 97701
(541) 355-3500
High
Total Enrollment 164
Mountain View Senior High School
2755 Ne 27th St
ZIP: 97701
(541) 355-4400
High
Total Enrollment 1357
Pilot Butte Middle School
1501 Ne Neff St
ZIP: 97701
(541) 355-7400
Middle
Total Enrollment 695
Ponderosa Elementary
63100 Ne Purcell
ZIP: 97701
(541) 355-4300
Primary
Total Enrollment 576
Realms (rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle Sc
63175 O B Riley
ZIP: 97701
(541) 322-5323
Middle
Total Enrollment 145
Sky View Middle School
63555 Ne 18th St
ZIP: 97701
(541) 355-7600
Middle
Total Enrollment 827
Summit High School
2855 Nw Clearwater Dr
ZIP: 97701
(541) 355-4000
High
Total Enrollment 1513
Tumalo Community School
19835 2nd St
ZIP: 97701
(541) 382-2853
Primary
Total Enrollment 408
Westside Village Magnet School At Kingston Elementary School
1101 Nw 12th St
ZIP: 97701
(541) 355-2000
Primary
Total Enrollment 278
William E Miller Elementary
300 Nw Crosby Dr
ZIP: 97701
(541) 355-2500
Primary
Total Enrollment 591
Bear Creek Elementary School
51 Se 13th St
ZIP: 97702
(541) 355-1400
Primary
Total Enrollment 717
Cascade Middle School
19619 Mountaineer Wy
ZIP: 97702
(541) 355-7000
Middle
Total Enrollment 888
Elk Meadow Elementary School
60880 Brookswood Blvd
ZIP: 97702
(541) 355-1500
Primary
Total Enrollment 514
High Desert Middle School
61000 Diamondback Ln
ZIP: 97702
(541) 355-7200
Middle
Total Enrollment 808
Pine Ridge Elementary
19840 Hollygrape St
ZIP: 97702
(541) 355-2700
Primary
Total Enrollment 636
R E Jewell Elementary School
20550 Murphy Rd
ZIP: 97702
(541) 355-2100
Primary
Total Enrollment 619

Bend Private Schools

A Child's Garden
2150 Ne Studio Rd Ste 1
ZIP: 97701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
Bridges Academy
67030 Gist Rd
ZIP: 97701
Secondary
Total Enrollment 13
Circle Of Friends Preschool And Kindergarten
702 Ne Norton Ave
ZIP: 97701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Eastmont Community School
62425 Eagle Rd
ZIP: 97701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 113
J Bar J Learning Centers
62895 Hamby Rd
ZIP: 97701
Secondary
Total Enrollment 30
J Bar J Learning Ctrs Sisters Academy Campus
63325 Silvis Rd
ZIP: 97701
Secondary
Total Enrollment 21
New Leaf Academy
63050 Dickey Rd
ZIP: 97701
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 16
Three Sisters Adventist Christian School
21155 Tumalo Rd
ZIP: 97701
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 39
Trinity Lutheran School
2550 Ne Butler Market Rd
ZIP: 97701
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 243
Morning Star Christian School
19741 Baker Rd
ZIP: 97702
Elementary
Total Enrollment 94
Seven Peaks School
19660 Mountaineer Way
ZIP: 97702
Elementary
Total Enrollment 254
The Waldorf School Of Bend
19888 Rocking Horse Rd
ZIP: 97702
Elementary
Total Enrollment 50
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