My favorite saying is, “people come here to play, fall in love with Central Oregon, and move here to live.” The beautiful Cascade Mountains adorning the high-desert skyline to the west, provide enjoyment as the sunsets on our evenings in Bend. Equally stunning is the Alpenglow often seen during winter mornings when the mountains are capped in white. Playing in the Cascades, hiking, mountain biking, or skiing at Mt. Bachelor is just a few of the outdoor adventures you can tackle in a day, weekend, or a week. With the Deschutes River running through downtown, it was originally a crossing point on the river, settlement began in the early 1900s. Bend was incorporated as a city in 1905. Economically, it started as a logging town but is now identified as a gateway for many outdoor sports. World famous for both its outdoor recreation and pristine beauty. You can catch an art exhibit, dine at an award-winning restaurant, spoil yourself at one of our many spas, or trek any of the numerous hiking/biking trails. Bend makes a great spot for family-friendly fun as well, from cool cave tours in some of Bend’s ancient lava tubes, to watching raptors soar at the High Desert Museum.
Bend is the largest city in Central Oregon and is also the seat for Deschutes County. The estimated population of the city as of 2013 is 81,236. With the extension of the Oregon State University to a four-year campus, the economic profile of Bend is changing. Having an employee base to draw from new industries are moving to Bend such as high-tech, call centers and professional services.