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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 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.

The private industry base is fairly small and jobs outside of the public sector or tourist industry are hard to find; that said, overall job growth projections are strong. The 160-mile drive to Portland is difficult, particularly in winter. But for now, Bend remains a highly desirable and relatively affordable address by West Coast standards.

Bend is in a very attractive setting located at the western edge of the high plateau area that comprises much of central Oregon. The Cascade Range lies just west. Bend sits at the transition between coniferous forest and a high sagebrush desert, with several broad creek valleys moving west from the town into the mountains. The climate is semi-arid with an abundance of sunshine and a wide range between daytime and nighttime temperatures. Moisture approaching from the west, mainly in winter is blocked by mountains but some gets through creating variable but generally pleasant winter weather. Cold, dry snaps may arrive from the inland north. Summer thundershowers and occasional winter rain and snows provide most of the moisture. Snow cover is generally light but much heavier to the west in the mountains.


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Quick Facts About Sisters


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Sisters is 8.30 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Sisters jobs have Increased by 0.39 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Sisters's cost of living is 33.60% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Sisters's population is 2,115 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 77.58 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 14 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Sisters is $331,000. Home appreciation the last year has been 19.90 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Sisters public schools spend $11,724 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 756.6 students per teacher in Sisters.

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Comments


re: Drove through there last summer... - 4/6/2007
Sisters is at the foot of a snowcapped (dormant) volcanic mountain range in middle of a forest on the east side of the Cascades. It's surrounded by wild rivers,... (read more)
climate
i do not like the climate its cold all the time and summer is to... (read more)
Drove through there last summer...
This little town is nestled right in the Cascade Mountains. I can't describe how beautiful it is there. Ever since I saw it I've been trying to find a way to rationalize... (read more)
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