Bend, OR
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Living in Bend


Bend is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 91,122 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Bend is the seventh largest community in Oregon.

Bend home prices are not only among the most expensive in Oregon, but Bend real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bend is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bend is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bend who work in sales jobs (12.61%), office and administrative support (11.58%), and management occupations (11.23%).

Of important note, Bend is also a city of artists. Bend has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Bend’s character.

Also of interest is that Bend has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.42% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One of the benefits of Bend is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.50 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Bend is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Bend area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Bend are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.65% of adults in Bend have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Bend in 2010 was $32,162, which is wealthy relative to Oregon, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $128,648 for a family of four. However, Bend contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Bend is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bend home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bend residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bend include Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Bend is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.