Bend Oregon, located on the banks of the Deschutes River and is the Largest City in Central Oregon with a population of 52,029. Bend is also the County Seat forDeschutes County, population 115,029.
The high desert climate consists of clear, sunny days and cool comfortable nights. Temperature: Monthly Ave. Low: 22ƒF Monthly Ave. High: 82ƒF. Hottest month is July and the coldest month is January. The driest month is October and the wettest month is December with an average annual precipitation: 11.700 which is mostly snow.
For recreation, the choices are many and varied. One example is Mt. Bachelor, which is half an hourís drive away from Bend. With 70 runs, several day lodges and seven express chairs, Mt. Bachelor is currently ranked among the top 10 ski areas in the country. A quieter brand of enjoyment may also be found in birding, picnicking or just strolling through down town Bend. For those who prefer shopping, Bend possesses several shopping malls, a factory outlet center and many specialty shops. Bend also provides entertainment in the form of community theater music festivals, and the Obsidian Opera
Company, as well as the ìMunch and Musicî concert series during summer.
Annual Events Include:
Cascade Festival of Music
Cascade Cycling Classic
For Education, Bend offers wonderful educational opportunities to the Central Oregon community. The Bend-La Pine School District serves three distinct communities: Bend, Sunriver and La Pine. The District supports a population of over 13,000 students k-12. Central Oregon Community College offers junior degrees, 2-year technical certificates, and four-year degrees through many of Oregon’s major universities at the local University Center. New to the area this year is Central Oregon State University. A Branch Campus of Oregon State University. This new campus offers Central Oregon residents the ability to pursue a degree without having to move out of the Bend or Central Oregon area.