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Living a Biking Lifestyle in Bend, Oregon

If  biking is your thing, you might be very happy living in Bend, Oregon. For one thing, the Cascade Cycling Classic is an event not to be missed. There is ample road and mountain biking to keep you occupied as well. Located on the Deschutes River on the eastern edge of the Cascades, the area offers great scenic beauty, skiing, mountains, rafting, golf, fishing, and more. The population was just over 77,000 in 2008, an increase of over 48% from 2000. Bend makes just about every list of “best places to live”. The town is located in Deschutes County in the center of the state.  Bend’s economy is strong thanks to tourism and the 2 colleges in Bend: Central Oregon Community College and the Oregon State University - Cascades Campus.

Where to Retire in Bend and Home Prices

Housing choices are many and diverse. You can live in town or in a newer development. Sun River is one of the largest of these with almost 4,000 housing units. It is about 15 miles away.
Prices range widely depending on the development. The median home value in Bend was $752,556, in early 2022, which is a rise of over 30% during the past year, according to Zillow. 

What Is Special about Bend

Bend has wonderful scenic and recreational activities; Mirror Pond in downtown Bend; 71 parks and 48 miles of trails; Mount Bachelor ski resort; Bend Film Festival; Minor league baseball, basketball, and soccer; Pilot Butte State Park; Smith Rock State Park

What Is Not Special about Bend

• Far from a big city or international airport • Traffic is building • High unemployment rate

Climate and Physical Environment

Bend is located in central Oregon on the eastern edge of the Cascade Range as it transitions into the drier Great Basin high desert plateau. The terrain is characterized by junipers, sagebrush, bitter-brush, and little water. Pilot Butte State Park is an extinct cinder cone inside the city limits. Annual precipitation averages 10-13 inches; annual snowfall is 34 inches.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Performing arts institutions and venues in Bend include the Cascade Festival of Music, Cascades Theatrical Company, Central Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Les Schwab Amphitheater , 2nd Street Theater, the Tower Theatre, and the Obsidian Opera Company. There are 3 museums in the area, including the Deschutes County Historical Museum and the High Desert Museum. There is an Art in Public Places program in addition to a number of private galleries. Central Oregon Community College is here with 1,600 students.


The crime rate in Bend is well below the national average.

Medical Facilities

St. Charles Medical Center is the main medical facility in Bend OR


Transportation in the Bend area includes Roberts Field in Redmond, Oregon, 18 miles north. Portland's International Airport is about a 3 and a half hour drive. A municipal bus system started in late 2006.
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