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Pros

-Attractive setting
-Outdoor recreation
-Pleasant climate

Cons

-Isolation
-Arts & culture
-Cost of living and housing


What Bert Has To Say About Bend-Redmond Metro Area


Bend is an artsy resort community in the high Oregon desert just east of the Cascade Range and the Mount Bachelor ski area. To Oregon, it is what Aspen is to Colorado or Truckee/Lake Tahoe is to California: with a fairly upscale clientele, several nearby resort communities, and an attractive small downtown. Quite obviously Bend has been discovered for its recreation opportunities, climate and small town atmosphere, and has grown rapidly as a retreat for retirees, young people, and self-employed or small business workers with only occasional need for a bigger city. This rapid growth aggravates the downsides of increasing living and housing costs and has brought some areas of unattractive sprawl.



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Quick Facts About Bend


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Bend is 4.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Bend jobs have Increased by 5.84 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Bend's cost of living is 32.50% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Bend's population is 87,014 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 325.10 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 16 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Bend is $348,300. Home appreciation the last year has been 9.39 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Bend public schools spend $10,300 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 22.6 students per teacher in Bend.

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Watch the exodus here
What used to be a wonderful place to live has turned into a hell hole. The entire state of California has migrated here. Here is what is going to happen here in Bend. ... (read more)
Crime, traffic jams and mismanagement
I have lived in Bend 26 years. In those years Bend has changed quite a bit. At first change was good. Now, I find that the people who most enjoy Bend are coming from... (read more)
Worst place in the world
I have lived here 6 years. Don't even think of moving here. You will hate it. It is defiantly the worst place. Stay away....I love it the way it... (read more)
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