It’s a little-known fact that people who visit inevitably choose to move here. With over 300 days of sunny blue skies and the magnificent backdrop of the snow-capped Cascade Mountains, living in Bend, Oregon, is like being on a permanent vacation.
Whether it’s downhill, backcountry or Nordic skiing you covet, Mt. Bachelor is within a 20-minute drive. Surf, paddle board, kayak or simply float the Deschutes River as it meanders through downtown. If rock climbing is your thing, the infamous Smith Rock State Park is 30 minutes away and don’t forget Phil’s Trail, a mecca for mountain bikers all over the world.
Prioritizing a healthy work-life balance, Bend is an ideal place to raise a family. On any given day, kids of all ages ride their bikes to school, take Bend public transportation to Mt. Bachelor or stroll over on a summer night to cheer on the Elks baseball team. And the commute is unbeatable. Within city limits, your longest commute in “rush-hour” is maybe 20 minutes. Accessibility to top-rated medical care providers, a state-of-the-art medical center and numerous assisted living facilities makes living in Bend safe and comfortable for anyone, regardless of their age.
With a population hovering around 100,000 people, the “small-town vibe” and a reasonable cost of living has been maintained. The combination of endless outdoor recreation, a superb educational system and a community invested in sustainable growth, living in Bend is the best example of how life should be.