What I Love About Living in Bend, Oregon | The Pros and Cons

Moving to a new city is a HUGE lifestyle shift, which is often a daunting task for many people.

You have to consider many options, and it can be challenging to know where to begin. What is the cost of living? What is the culture like? Are there well-paying jobs? What are the schools like?

I understand the struggles and challenges of "starting over" and wrote this blog post to help you ease into living in Bend, Oregon. I wanted to give you insight into what to expect, and hope to save you time and energy in your transition

Over the next few minutes, I will provide you with meaningful pros and cons of living here, as well as what to expect financially

So without further ado,

Let's jump right in!

Outdoor Recreation

It's no surprise that this is the first thing I mention. If you know anything about Bend, it's probably the national attention it receives every year for its natural playgrounds

With Mt. Bachelor, the Deschutes River, Phils Trail Complex, and much more within 30 minutes of downtown, there is no question why Outside Magazine repeatedly ranks Bend as one of the best towns to live in

On any given day, you will see Bendites outside, enjoying every inch of what Central Oregon offers. Trail Running, Biking, and Skiing take the cake for the most popular recreation types.

When moving here, expect to live an active lifestyle. It's a significant advantage of living here! There is no long commute to enjoy our parks and resources.

Most people are out almost every day, and it inspires me daily to see everyone from senior citizens to young families with toddlers exploring and having a good time together!

The Gorgeous Weather

Nothing complements outdoor living like great weather. Every year Bend averages 160-165 days per year of sunny days!

That makes us one of the sunniest cities throughout Oregon, which typically has a more coastal climate

There is nothing better than waking up to natural light, and having it brighten your day wherever you go!

I still remember when I first moved here.

I loved waking to the sun.

And I loved the dry climate.

Everything fit what I was looking for. The summers are well balanced with cool and comfortable temperatures, and the winters bless you with fresh snow and a refreshing break from summer.

Fall and Spring are breathtaking times with our ecosystems and plantlife sprouting from all angles!

It's rare to live somewhere that has all four seasons, especially in Oregon, but Bend is one of the few places that offers it's residents this splendid opportunity!

Food and Drink Culture

Adding to the long list of benefits of Bend is the AMAZING accessibility to local breweries and restaurants.

When moving here, count on having 20 breweries to visit in the Bend, Sisters, Redmond, and Sunriver Area

I'm telling the truth, 20 breweries

There is everything from industry leaders like Deschutes Brewery and 10 Barrel Brewing Co, to small startups like Goodlife Brewing Co and Silver Moon Brewing.

Bend continually ranks as one of the top 10 small towns for craft beer in America. So, if you're someone who values good drinks and quality time with friends and family, you will not be disappointed!

Along with the drinks, there are vast opportunities to eat at local restaurants and enjoy our delicious food.

A few of my favorites include Zydeco, Drake, El Sanchos Tacos, and 900 walls. But that barely touches the surface!

Hit me up, and I will let you in on some of the secret spots, haha.


One of the top struggles when moving to a new city is finding a community of people to surround yourself with. Luckily, Bend is blessed with amazing people who value relationships and forming friendships

With so many events, clubs, and groups meeting up every day, finding your "people" has never been easier!

Overall, the couples and families are very inclusive, so don't worry about a cold transition; everyone is super friendly.

I'm always available to reach out to and can help you join several groups around the city with fantastic people involved.

Here are a few resources you can use when moving and relocating:

Bend Relocation Groups

Weekly Meetup Groups

Events and Concerts

Last but certainly not least is the incredible amount of events and concerts that go on throughout the year in Bend.

Every year, there are 100's of local gatherings ranging from all sizes.

Small venues host bands and music every day of the year. Spoken Moto, Thump Coffee House, River Pig Saloon, and 10 Barrel Brewing are just a few of frequent events.

In the summer and fall months, craft beer events rule the city and attract people from all over the nation.

The Les Shwab Amphitheater hosts outdoor concerts with ample green space and holds up to 8,000 people! Every year, there is a notable amount of A-list musicians who come through and bring the whole city together!

Having all of these events add to the overall charm and aesthetic Bend gives off! It's a great time to get together with friends and family and makes moving that much more comfortable, there is always something to do!

Things to Consider

Overall, Bend has everything you could ever want. But there you should consider a few things before deciding to move here!

Smaller City

With a population of just over 100,000, Bend can be a smaller city for some people. Likely, there will be a short adjustment period if you move from a larger metropolitan area

Many Bendites joke around saying it has the bones of a small city, but the resources of a large one.

In my opinion, I couldn't agree more. Because of the endless activities, It never feels like you're stranded, but for those moving from large areas, definitely consider the lifestyle change.

If you have other questions about Bend, I'd love to help answer them and clarify any preconceived notions you may have!


The last notable thing to consider on your short "cons" list, is the location of Central Oregon

As a town, we are slightly separated from the rest of the metro, Oregon - Eugene is 130 miles to the west, and Portland is 180 miles to the north.

So, if you work remotely and need to access those cities at some point, expect a few hour's drive.

There is also the Redmond Municipal Airport, which has direct flights to both cities in no time flat

Many remote workers in Bend use this resource, and if you can fit it in your budget - I suggest taking advantage of it!

Cost of Living

I just posted a brand new 2020 article that will give you a comprehensive look into the cost of living in Bend.

Make sure to check it out (here)!

Final Thoughts

If you made it this far, thank you!

I appreciate all my readers and hope this gave you some quick value.

I'm a licensed realtor here in the State of Oregon and specialize in helping people move and relocate to Bend, but I'm more than just a realtor! I want to be a friend and someone you can trust.

If you have any questions about anything, it doesn't have to be Real Estate related, feel free to contact me!

Call, text, email, it doesn't matter. I am available 24/7 to serve you.

I also have a collection of blog posts (here), that is building every week. So if you have any additional questions, there's a good chance you will find it there!


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