City of Bend, OR
Bend is located in Deschutes County in Oregon. The median income is $52,601 and the median home value is $275,000. The unemployment rate is 10.83% compared to 7.9% for the U.S. as a whole. Workers commute an average of 15.3 minutes each day. The population is 93.2% White, 0.4% Black, 0.4% American Indian, 1.5% Asian, and 4.5% identify as some other race or ethnicity. For more on the schools, healthcare, and getting around in Bend, see each of the tabs below. For those people interested in the walkability of a community, Bend has a Walk Score® of 31.
Median Household Income$52,601
Median Home Price$275,000
In most northern states, winter means shoveling sidewalks, missing school and soaring utility bills. But in Bend, winter just means WinterFest. The festival, which draws a crowd of roughly 40,000 each year, features all the usual suspects: an ice carving exhibition, a skating rink, ski races and snowman contests. The Winter Wine Walk is also a local favorite, along with the snowboard and ski rail jam.
For Bendians, the beverage business is no joke. Be they hoppy, robust or caffeinated, how the drinks are made is just as important as who’s throwing them back.
In the unassuming town of Bend, OR, a little eruption occurred when Scott and Liz Ratcliffe moved to town. They brought their love of wine with them, and soon after Volcano Vineyards was born.
Lots of communities offer fly-fishing, Little League and greenways, but Bend takes the great outdoors one step further. Welcome to the Lava Lands of Central Oregon. That’s lava. As in volcanoes. The 50,000-acre Newberry National Volcanic Monument is the cradle of a real-life volcano. Adventurous souls can drive through the 17-square-mile caldera at the volcano’s summit, which geologists believe sits atop a body of magma bubbling two to five kilometers under the earth’s surface.
Bend is known for its cycling enthusiasts. It’s also known for a batch of world-class microbreweries. Combining the best of both worlds is the Cycle Pub. This bar-meets-bike mode of transportation is a rolling pub on wheels, moving on passenger pedal power. Passengers are encouraged to bring their own beverage of choice and some delicious food for the group or opt to stop along the ride at one of Bend’s many pubs or restaurants.