I don’t really have any cons to list about having kids in Bend. I guess the main thing would be that, due to growth in the last 10 years or so, daycare options have not kept up with demand. The pros are many. The schools are good, you wouldn’t feel the need for private schools. It is a safe town. There are so many outdoor activities and great weather. People are active and friendly. It’s a town with a lot of families, so it is vibrant.
I have an 8 year old son and feel like Bend is an amazing place to raise children. My favorite thing about raising him here is all the available activities/camps/events. From skiing to mountain biking to climbing there are so many kid friendly programs here, they will never be bored! In our experience the school system is fantastic and we haven’t seen any bullying or anything to raise concerns. We both feel very safe. The cons to raising children here would be the difficulty in finding childcare. Childcare fills up very quickly and I feel like babysitters charge more per hour here than other places I have lived.
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