Bend, OR
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Bend is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 87,014 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.

Bend is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (12.51%), management occupations (12.28%), and office and administrative support (11.18%).

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: 9.59% 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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Bend spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.48 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Bend ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Bend, 40.88% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Bend in 2010 was $32,320, which is wealthy relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $129,280 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 Japanese.