Bend, Oregon is the largest city in Central Oregon, with a metropolitan area population of 168,300. The city is known for its beautiful scenery and myriad nearby outdoor activities, which attracts a number of tourists as well as a significant amount of retirees. A nearby ski resort and Cascade Lakes draw visitors from all over the region. Bend is also home to several brewery celebrations throughout the year.
The median household income in Bend is $48,811 as of July 2014. The median per capita income, as reported in 2012, is $28,359. The median home price is $188,700, and that number has seen some significant growth in the past few years. 2012 saw a 9.9 percent increase in median home price, and 2013 saw a 31.4 percent increase. The area had a net migration of 970 people in 2013.
Bend Job Opportunities
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Bend's Education and Health Services industry employs a collective 10,900 people, with job growth of 5.8 percent in the last twelve months. Two of the largest healthcare employers for Bend, OR jobs are the St. Charles Medical center and the Bend Memorial Clinic.
Tourism is also a major industry for Bend jobs. Sunriver Resort and Mt. Bachelor ski resort employ 850 and 750 people, respectively. Over 11,000 people work in Bend's Leisure and Hospitality industry. Because Bend has a host of seasonal activities, such as hiking, biking, climbing in summer and skiing and snowboarding in winter, jobs in Bend, OR in hospitality and tourism are relatively consistent year-round, though 2014 saw a slight dip in summer hospitality jobs. If you're having trouble finding jobs in Bend, try nearby Redmond jobs instead.
The tourism industry also depends on trade, transportation and utilities. Bend jobs in this industry number in the 13,000s, with strong growth of almost 4 percent over the last twelve months. Look for transportation jobs, which include drivers and deliverers, as well as distribution managers and full-time stock positions.
Bend Employment Trends
Forbes ranks Bend as number 15 on its list of Best Small Places for Business and Careers. Bend is also number 26 on Forbes list of Cost of Doing Business, and number 25 in Education. Bend has an unemployment rate of 7.7 percent as of August 2014, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The city's 2013 job growth was 4.3 percent, with a projected annual job growth of 3.9 percent.