Want to know more about Central Oregon?
Let me introduce you to our community!
Because the only thing better than visiting, is living here!
Seeing Central Oregon in it's natural wonder is always a wonderful experience. From our many different hiking trails, lakes for rowing our kayaks and paddle boards and casting a line for amazing fishing adventures, to the exciting slopes of Mt. Bachelor, we've got the places to play outside for sure. But there's also a string of outdoor events for each season, like the Bite of Bend that often kicks off our summer festivals. And while these things make it a hopping place for tourism, (we're also in the top 5 cities in the nation to find a large amount of Airbnbs according to a recent news report) it also makes it a unique place to work. Sure, there's big employers like St. Charles Healthcare, Les Schwab Tires, Facebook and Apple are both outside of Prineville, but it's also an entrepreneur's haven. The service industry thrives here, along with forest service and education, but there's also shortages of professionals in many fields like landscaping, construction and home inspection or appraisals. So if you're coming to the area and need immediate employment, those are some excellent areas to check out first. If you'd like to know more about the economy of Central Oregon, one should visit EDCO for detailed reports and statistics. For now, Bend seems to be continuously growing and a lot of long time residents are now looking to surrounding areas like Redmond, Terrebonne and LaPine for property where their dollar may go a little further. But generally, traffic and travel times are low with just a 45 minute commute to Prineville.
If you're looking for more daily happenings within Central Oregon, there's always news channels such as Central Oregon Daily that provide updates to residents and what to expect for our local weather. The community often holds a lot of parades downtown, shows at the Tower Theatre, fundraising events and concerts, with a lot of artistic minds flocking to the Sisters Folk Festival or the quilt show and rodeo. But where residents really like to kick their boots off are at one of our 22+ breweries located all over Central Oregon. Each brewery holds their unique tastes and new releases, but if you like a good party, you're to find it at 10 Barrel but if you don't know where to start the beer train, there's constant tours and the Cycle Pub. If you're wanting to be a little further from the action, I can always suggest neighborhoods near and far. And one thing you won't have to worry about wherever you decide to plant roots are the schools. Not one single school performs badly, our educators care deeply about our children, and our school districts are always adapting. If you're looking for alternative learning programs, we have those too! There are magnets, montessori, private academies in Bend and Redmond and even higher education located right here in Bend at COCC and OSU Cascades. You'll find students of all age ranges in attendance, with nursing programs and agriculture, one can find so many areas to study. If learning isn't really a current mood, there are multiple non-profits in Central Oregon that are always in need of volunteers!
Within the tri county area, your senses are overloaded with Oregon trees and wildlife, attractions and activity, but we still maintain that small town character. With an estimated population of just over 90,000 now, Bend still manages to feel like a tight-knit community. Residents get to know their local baristas, business owners, and folks down the street. The charming historic downtown feels quaint and untouched since the city originated in 1905, void of towering skyscrapers but neighbors will always be welcoming because we're still all about people.