Many factors interact to define Bend’s appeal. They range from scenery and climate to outdoor recreation opportunities to a vibrant economy. Tourism brings visitors to the region and many eventually figure out a way to live here year-around. That is one reason why Bend ranks high in entrepreneurial activity, bank deposits and non-payroll income.
Bend’s population in 2013 was estimated at 81,236 by the U.S. Census Bureau. It is projected to reach 132,209 by 2035.
Bend’s population surged in the early 2000s but is currently increasing at a more sustainable rate. Growth clocked in at an amazing 29.3% between 2000 and 2006. For the year ending July 1, 2014, the Census Bureau calculates a growth rate of 2.7% for the Bend-Redmond Metropolitan Statistical Area (Deschutes County). This was the highest percentage of growth among Oregon counties and seventh among all MSAs in the United States.
The Census Bureau places Deschutes County’s 2014 population at 170,388. Within the one-year gain of 4,433 people, 3,582 moved from elsewhere.
The greatest stimulus to Bend’s economy in recent years has been high-tech manufacturing, backed up by a solid tourist industry. Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) puts it this way: “While Bend is known for its scenic setting, wonderful weather and year-round recreational activities, its dynamic economy is defined by entrepreneurship and diverse businesses that span many sectors including software and high tech, manufacturing, craft brewing, bioscience and recreational products.”
Much of this growth occurs in an entrepreneurial climate. For example, the annual Bend Venture Conference in October 2014 secured over $5 million in funding for startups.
Tourism brought $675.5 million to the Deschutes County economy in 2013, $884.4 million to Central Oregon as a whole. The leisure and hospitality sector as defined by the Oregon Employment Department provided 10,953 jobs in 2014 with wages toaling $200.0 million.
Population, 2013: 81,236
Growth April 1, 2010-July 1, 2013: 6.0%
Median household income: $53,027
Land area: 33.01 sq mi
Density: 2,322 persons/sq mi
Elevation: 3,629 ft
Annual high temperature: 59.6 F
Annual low temperature: 33.4 F
Average temperature: 46.5 F
Average annual precipitation (rain): 11.38 in.
Average annual snowfall: 23 in
Points of interest:
High Desert Museum
Drake Park, Mirror Pond
River’s Edge Golf Course
400 NW Pro Shop Dr., Bend, 541 389-2828. Public, Robert Muir Graves design, par 72, 6,683 yards.
Tetherow Golf Club
61240 Skyline Ranch Rd., Bend, 541 388-2582. Semi-private, David McLay Kidd design, par 72, 7,298 yards.
Widgi Creek Golf Course
18707 SW Century Dr., Bend 541 382-4449. Public, Robert Muir Graves design, par 72, 6,905 yards.
Awbrey Glen Golf Club
2500 NW Awbrey Glen Dr., Bend, 541 385-6011. Private, Gene “Bunny” Mason design, par 72, 6,957 yards.
Bend Golf & Country Club
61045 Country Club Dr., Bend, 541 382-3261 Private, H. Chandler Egan/William Handley/Bob Baldock design, par 72, 7,058 yards.
Broken Top Club
62000 Broken Top Dr., Bend 541 383-0868. Private, Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish design, par 72, 7,161 yards.
Lost Tracks Golf Club
60205 Sunset View Dr., Bend, 541 385-1818. Public, Brian Whitcomb design, par 72, 7,003 yards.
The Old Back Nine
60650 China Hat Rd., Bend 541 382-1111 Public, 9 holes, Jan Ward design, Par 36, 2,882 yards.
The Oregon Department of Education is required to issue annual report cards providing detailed measurement of individual school performance in reading and math. Total points possible are 25 for academic achievement, 50 for academic growth and 25 for subgroup growth. Weighted scores are divided into five levels with No. 5 at the top with a percentage of 87.0% or more. Figures below are for the 2013-2014 academic year. Most Central Oregon schools were in the Level 4 bracket with weighted scores of 70.0% to 86.9%.
The Bend-La Pine School District is the sixth largest district in the state with enrollment of more than 17,600 students. Elementary and middle school boundaries have been adjusted to account for two new schools that will open in Fall 2015. Enrollment figures will change accordingly.
Bend Senior High School
230 NE 6th St., Bend
Student enrollment: 1,717
Report card rating: 72.0% (Level 4)
1291 NE 5th St., Bend
Student enrollment: 173
Report card rating: 46.0% (Level 2)
2755 NE 27th St., Bend
Student enrollment: 1,357
Report card rating: 86.0% (Level 4)
2855 NW Clearwater Dr., Bend
Student enrollment: 1,515
Report card rating: 88.7 (Level 5) (Level 4)
Cascade Middle School
19619 Mountaineer Way
Student enrollment: 887
Report card rating: 82.5% (Level 4)
High Desert Middle School
61111 27th St., Bend
Student enrollment: 809
Report card rating: 69.4% (Level 3)
Pacific Crest Middle School
3030 NW Elwood Ln.
Student enrollment: n/a
Report card rating: n/a
New school opens Fall 2015
Pilot Butte Middle School
1501 NE Neff Rd., Bend
Student enrollment: 695
Report card rating: 75.6% (Level 4)
Rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle School (REALMS)
63175 O.B. Riley Rd., Bend
Student enrollment: 145
Report card rating: 86.3% (Level 4)
Sky View Middle School
63555 18th St., Bend
Student enrollment: 826
Report card rating: 80.6% (Level 4)
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way, Bend
Total student enrollment (2013-2014): 16,901
Credit class enrollment: 10,565
(Enrollment figures for all campuses)
Year founded: 1949
Campus area: 202 acres
Campus buildings: 25 buildings, 587,830 sq ft
Student housing capacity: 330
Degrees: Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of General Studies.
Oregon State University-Cascades Campus
2600 NW College Way, Bend
OSU-Cascades Graduate & Research Center
650 SW Columbia St., Bend
Student enrollment (fall 2014): 1,172
(980 upper division and graduate students, 192 lower division attending classes at COCC)
Undergraduate majors offered: 18
Degrees awarded since founding: 2,408
OSU-Cascades will transition to a full four-year university when the first freshman class arrives in fall 2015. A new 10-acre campus in SW Bend is scheduled to open in fall 2016 with an expected 1,890 students. A goal of 3,000 to 5,000 students has been set for 2025.
No matter what you are seeking in your life, solitude and quiet or opportunity and adventure, you’ll find it in one of Central Oregon cities.
2762 Northwest Crossing Drive
Bend, OR 97703
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