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, Bend isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Bend are a mix 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.

A relatively large number of people in Bend telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.42% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.50 minutes getting to work every day.

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.

Bend is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 41.65% of adults in Bend have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

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.