Bend 77 Exceptional
Bend Livability #30 ranked city in Oregon#4,851 ranked city in the USARanks better than 83% of areas
A+ Bend Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Bend Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% higher than Oregon
12222% more expensive than the US average
11515% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Bend cost of living
B+ Bend Crime Total crime is 30% lower than Oregon
Total crime
2,06112% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4912% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is up
Bend crime
C Bend Employment Household income is 4% higher than Oregon
Median household income
$55,6251% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$32,1628% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%20% lower than the US average
Bend employment
C- Bend Housing Home value is 19% higher than Oregon
Median home value
$295,30060% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,0248% higher than the US average
Home ownership
59%7% lower than the US average
Bend real estate or Bend rentals
B Bend Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than Oregon
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
57%19% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:131% higher than the US average
Bend K-12 schools
B- Bend User Ratings There are a total of 63 ratings in Bend
Overall user rating
70% 63 total ratings
User reviews rating
54% 7 total reviews
User surveys rating
75% 56 total surveys
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      Living in Bend, OR

      Bend, Oregon is a mid-sized city with a population of 84,416 residents. The majority of Bend residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Bend might be a good fit as 78% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 60% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      Living in Bend can be a good experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of Oregon, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! With useful information like amenities, weather, education, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Bend and in the areas around Bend is a much easier task.

      Bend has a livability score of 77 out of 100 and is ranked #23 in Oregon and #3,833 in the USA. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Bend could be a great choice! For each of the livability categories, we see that Bend ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (A-) and education (B+). There are some categories that Bend ranks poorly for, including: cost of living (F) and weather (D). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Bend has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Wanderlust Tours, Cog Wild Mountain Bike Tours, and Sun Country Raft Tours.

      Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Bend gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 164 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Bend is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Bend come in at $295,300, which is 19.5% higher than the Oregon average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Bend, the home price to income ratio is 5.3, which is 15.2% higher than the Oregon average. Real estate appreciation rates in Bend are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Bend homes comes in at 8.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 11.6%.

      Bend transportation information

      Average one way commute16min23min26min
      Workers who drive to work75.1%71.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.5%10.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.6%4.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle3.1%2.4%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.3%3.9%2.8%
      Working from home9.4%6.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Bend, OR data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).