A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$271,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$955
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    42%
  • Own
    58%

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    91
    0
  • Murder
    2
    0
  • Rape
    44
    41
  • Robbery
    19
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    253
    1
  • Theft
    2,406
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    72
    0

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$52,989
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    38%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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Bend Reviews

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Bend is a gorgeous town located in the high desert of Oregon. This means you are surrounded by wild life, towering trees, crisp clean air, and sunny skies. Of course, it looks like this for only half the year. During the winter, Bend is a winter wonderland. The nearest ski resort is at Mt. Bachelor, only a mere thirty minutes outside of town. This is a town where everyone is active throughout the year. People are either skiing/snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor or hiking and kayaking along the scenic Deschutes River. The residents are not your usual residents. They are the kindest and most friendly people you will ever meet. It is not unusual to strike up a conversation with a stranger while out on a run, shopping, or walking around the downtown. Bend is a town everyone should experience!
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Bend is a beautiful place! For an outdoor enthusiast, there is skiing, hiking, rafting, kayaking, climbing, biking and just about any outdoor sport you could want. There is shopping, Sunriver Resort, tons of breweries, some nightlife, and a great downtown area for day and night. It's big enough (city limits 90k) to have amenities (great restaurants), but small enough to not overwhelm. Truly something for everyone. Be sure to check out the Old Mill, with shopping, restaurants, and a beautiful trail loop for walkers, runners.
I love the great outdoors that is right outside your door! Beautiful landscapes are 10 minutes away, and the most gorgeous waterfalls an easy hike less than an hour away!
I dislike the exceptionally high cost of living. I can only imagine how hard it would be to afford everything if I wasn't married. Add on the low rate of pay compared to other states I've lived in and you don't get a very pretty picture.
I do, however, think that the beautyof the land and kindness of the people goes a long way to smoothing out any potential hardships one might find themselves in.