County Offices
1300 NW Wall Street
Bend 541-388-6570

Chamber of Commerce
777 NW Wall Street
Bend 541-382-3221

Newcomers to breathtaking Deschutes County and its leading city of Bend will discover an area that blends natural beauty with welcoming residential communities and a growing local economy. Located 160 miles southeast of Portland and 130 miles from Salem, the county excels in climate, setting and recreational opportunities.

Bend and Deschutes County have evolved from a dusty logging area into a vibrant region that provides outstanding services to a rapidly growing population. Excellent public schools staffed by dedicated teachers provide a strong educational foundation from K-12, although parents can also select from a number of private independent schools and preschools. The public school system is rich in opportunities for vocational and technical training for students of all ages, and high school students are encouraged to develop real-world skills through School to Career programs.

Central Oregon Community College is a tremendous asset to the Deschutes County community, offering small class sizes, outstanding faculty, affordable tuition, and conveniently accessible programs. Certifications and associate degrees are available in a remarkably wide range of fields, while college track students will find seamless transitions to four-year degree programs and beyond. Bend is also home to OSU Cascades, the Central Oregon campus for Oregon State University. Students benefit from a world of advantages as part of OSU, one of the nation’s oldest, finest, and largest research institutions. At the same time, they have the advantage of a small, intimate and friendly campus that excels in individualized attention. Faculty members are passionate about their field and eager to have a strong relationship with their students.

State-of-the-art healthcare services are anchored by St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, also one of the county’s largest employers. Leading professionals and well-run facilities are the hallmark of the county’s healthcare network, where newcomers will find routine needs easily met close to home. St. Charles Medical Center provides a comprehensive, 181-bed facility that integrates the latest technological breakthroughs into diagnostics and treatment. St. Charles is a Level II trauma center and operates Air Life transport to ensure the extra moments of care that save lives. More than 250 physicians on staff represent every major specialty and a number of subspecialties. The medical center offers oncology, neurology, neurosurgery, open heart surgery, radiology, urology, pathology, emergency medicine, rehabilitative medicine, family practice, cardiology, dermatology, orthopedics, men’s and women’s health services, maternity, neonatology, critical care and other specialties.

Deschutes County welcomes newcomers to stunning natural beauty, some of the nation’s finest outdoor recreation, wonderful restaurants, and convenient services crowned by tax-free shopping. Those who appreciate culture will enjoy the Pinckney Center for the Performing Arts, community theaters, fine museums, and galleries that display eclectic art. Entertainment venues include the Working Wonders Children’s Museum, the Museum at Warm Springs, and several first-rate history and natural education museums. The strong arts community supports juried competitions and “art hop” walking tours as well as other events. Pulsating night spots, coffee houses, concerts, and colorful annual events add to the vitality of one of Oregon’s fastest growing areas. Opportunities to shop are abundant in this tax-free retail setting, including regional malls, attractive smaller malls, a factory outlet center, downtown districts, and one-of-a-kind specialty shops and boutiques. The homes in Deschutes County are as attractive as the landscape, from tree-shaded residences in established neighborhoods to multi-acre properties and country manors.

More than two dozen golf courses dot the landscape, complementing the wide range of developed recreational amenities. Local parks are filled with amenities including sports fields, indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpool and sauna facilities, weight rooms, playgrounds, tennis courts, and game areas. Community teams and leagues for adults and youth tend to be popular in this healthy and active environment. In addition to sports clubs and fitness centers, Central Oregon Community College offers a gym and free public use of sports equipment. Those who prefer extreme sports and the great outdoors will find a four-season paradise for hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, backpacking, off-roading, fishing, and endless sightseeing. Climbers take to the world-famous faces of Smith Rock, while towering Mount Bachelor averages 370 inches of snowfall each year for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. Transportation is never a problem, with nearby Roberts Field in Redmond offering commercial flights to and from Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and Salt Lake City. Shuttles serve major Oregon cities, and Bend now has its own transit system. From its thriving economy to its natural wonders, Deschutes County is the perfect place to call home.

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The Deschutes County seat of government is also the largest city in Central Oregon, drawing newcomers to a mild, sunny climate and stunning natural beauty. The city of Bend serves as the educational, commercial, healthcare, and cultural hub of a vibrant region. Home to a major medical center, a community college, and a campus for Oregon State University, Bend is proud of its thriving downtown district and diverse economic mix. The rolling Deschutes River runs through Bend, creating a transition between the pine-clad eastern slope of the Cascades Mountains and the juniper and sage of the high desert. So many people have been moving to the Bend community that relocating professionals and families will feel at home almost immediately in this friendly, accepting, and progressive atmosphere. The influx of fresh ideas and new residents has brought new energy and prosperity to the city. Lovely older homes blend with handsome new construction in a variety of architectural styles and settings. Transportation efficiencies now include the Bend Parkway, which offers a quick north-south route through town. Lush parks filled with recreational amenities and premier outdoor enjoyment crown a quality of life that is difficult to rival.

La Pine
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Beautiful La Pine is a small jewel in southern Deschutes County. This intimate community has taken for its slogan “The Outdoors at Your Front Door,” a perfect summation of the natural beauty that surrounds it. La Pine nestled in towering pines near the Cascade lakes and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument to offer outstanding opportunities for outdoor adventures and four-season recreation. The national monument features unique geological features like year-round ice-cold caves as well as Paulina and East lakes. The major Deschutes and Little Deschutes rivers run close to the town center of La Pine, adding to the scenic vistas in La Pine, running close to the town center. Other surrounding rivers include Crane Prairie Reservoir and Wickiup Reservoir. Nearby prairies add panoramic views and enhance the country feeling. Rural, relaxed, and friendly, La Pine is a well-established small community that is nearing its centennial celebration. With so much natural beauty gracing the town and extending out in all directions from La Pine, even the recent expansion of services and commercial conveniences are not immediately evident.

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The second largest city after Bend in Deschutes County is Redmond, one of the fastest growing communities in Oregon. Redmond is drawing newcomers to beautiful homes and lovely neighborhoods, access to premier outdoor recreation, and historic charm that blends with a progressive attitude toward quality growth and development. The city is also surrounded by premier development: The Eagle Crest destination resort community is just 10 miles west, while Crooked River Ranch provides fine golf and ranch-like enclaves to the north. Redmond is within an hour’s drive from Smith Rock State Park, Lake Billy Chinook, the Ochoco Mountains, and the Cascade Mountains. Visitors and residents alike enjoy strolling through the historic downtown district where quaint buildings house unique shops and cozy restaurants. The southern side of Redmond is home to Robert’s Field, bringing commercial airline service to Central Oregon. The 132-acre Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center is near Redmond and serves as the primary venue for a number of exciting annual events as well as rodeos and concerts.

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The scenic town of Sisters was named for the towering trio of peaks to the west that are all more than 10,000 feet in elevation. The Hoodoo Ski Area and Mount Bachelor are close for winter skiing and snowboarding, while the Deschutes National Forest is ideal for year-round outdoor enjoyment. This stunning natural setting is enhanced by a rare quality of life, which includes a school district that is one of the most highly acclaimed in Oregon. Growth is brisk in the Sisters community and the surrounding countryside, where handsome custom homes blend with suburban developments. Many relocating professionals and families began as vacation home owners or visitors who decided to make Sisters their year-round paradise. Permanent residents are increasing, although many beautiful second homes dot the area. The Western theme promoted by the town’s 1880s facades gives Sisters a sense of rustic charm but also reflects the pioneering spirit of many residents. Creative, active, and involved people tend to settle in Sisters, energizing an already appealing hometown environment.

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Nestled near the rolling Deschutes River, the unincorporated community of Sunriver encompasses pristine high desert, lush meadows and deep pine forests. The Cascade Mountains lie to the west, while Newberry Volcanic National Monument is nearby on the eastern side. This premier recreational destination welcomes outdoor enthusiasts and vacationers to golf, tennis, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, biking, hiking, nature study, camping, backpacking, and winter sports. Sunriver offers spas and fitness centers, music and art festivals, and restaurants from fine dining to casual fare. Located just 15 miles south of Bend, Sunriver offers a planned residential and resort community that blends single family homes with condominiums, cabins, and cottages. Residents and visitors enjoy the convenience of a commercial village and the transportation efficiency of nearby US Highway 97. The summer season is especially active in the Sunriver area, when the population swells with seasonal residents and visitors.

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