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Deschutes County , population 102,200, surrounds the City of Bend, 90 miles east of Eugene, Oregon. A large portion of the County lies within the Deschutes National Forest. At an elevation of 3,625 feet, Bend is the central city in Deschutes County, with a population of 65,210, located at the foothills of central Oregon's Cascade Mountains. Bend is noted for its scenic setting, mild climate, year-round recreation and growing economy.

Central Oregon contains a number of distinct and unique communities with markedly different "personalities" and amenities to offer residents and visitors. Visitors and those just learning about our area have a tendency to call it "Bend". Certainly, it is the largest city in the area and largest in Oregon east of the Cascade Mountain Range, however most residents consider themselves "Central Oregonians". Though spanning a considerable geographic area, the three-county area functions as a single unit or region in numerous ways. Health care, higher education, air transportation, civic organizations, events, and many other important aspects combine to make strong social and economic ties between communities.

The fact that Central Oregon has become a year-round destination playground for visitors and tourists worldwide perhaps speaks the loudest of the quality of our life. It is probably one reason Money Magazine ranked Bend in its “Top 5 Best Places to Retire” for 2000. At the same time, our population demographics show a healthy mix of ages from school-age children to active seniors – some of which are still skiing the slopes into their 80's.

With a wide selection of styles, acreages and sizes, home prices vary in the region. Madras to the far northern boundary and La Pine to the far south both offer the most affordable housing, while Sisters, Bend and Sunriver take top honor for the most expensive. With comparative values, Prineville and Redmond have been extremely popular communities to build new homes in recent years.


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