Introduction to Prineville, Oregon

Prineville, Oregon, in Crook county, is 29 miles NE of Bend, Oregon and 123 miles SE of Portland, Oregon.

Prineville History

Prineville was founded in 1877, at the time when Monroe Hodges filed the city’s original plat. The community was named after a local merchant named Barney Prine. This city was incorporated in 1880. In 1917, the residents of Prineville voted for the construction of their own railway, known as the City of Prineville Railroad.

Prineville and nearby Attractions

  • Davidson Park
  • Bowman Museum
  • Ochoco State Park
  • Meadow Lakes Golf Course

Things To Do In Prineville

Prineville is home to many parks and open spaces, including the Ochoco State Park, Davidson Park, Ochoco Creek Park and Pioneer Park. The A.R. Bowman Memorial Museum outlines the history of Crook County and the Prineville Railroad. The city hosts the Crook County Fair every August.

Prineville Transportation

Portland International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Prineville Higher Education

There are a number of higher education institutes that can be attended from Prineville, including Central Oregon Community College, Linn-Benton Community College, Portland Community College and Willamette University.


Total Population 9,266
Male Share of the Population 46%
Female Share of the Population 54%
Senior Citizens 18.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,390
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 45.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $48,228
% Above Poverty Level 71.3%
% Below Poverty Level 28.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 36.8%
Median Gross Rent $702
Median House Value $119,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.8%
US/American 0%
English 10.1%
Irish 9.9%

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

Prineville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 29 miles NE of Bend, Oregon (center to center)
Nearest Large City 123 miles SE of Portland, Oregon
County Crook
Standard Zip Codes 97754
Phone Area Codes 541
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.311
Longitude -120.833

Prineville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.6 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 42 F
Apr Temp 28 to 61 F
Jul Temp 43 to 86 F
Oct Temp 29 to 66 F
Annual Precip 10.4 inches
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 40 F
Apr Temp 29 to 58 F
Jul Temp 42 to 83 F
Oct Temp 31 to 62 F
Annual Precip 13.4 inches
Distance 16.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Culver 1,414 $51,900
Redmond 27,450 $44,904

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

Prineville Public Libraries

Crook County Library
Prineville, Oregon
(541) 447-7978
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Prineville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(541) 447-6254
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,016 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.5

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