Drawn to Central Oregon in a quest for adventure, outdoor enthusiasts find themselves captivated by the natural beauty of the high desert and the healthy life-style of its residents. Visitors from all over the world travel to Central Oregon to climb Smith Rock, hike Mount Hood and ski Mount Bachelor. They join locals who fish in the lakes and rivers, canoe, kayak, boat, float, bike, golf and even dog sled! Visitors and residents enjoy sunny blue skies, snow-capped mountains and picturesque evergreens.
The nearly 200,000 residents of Central Oregon live in farm communities, ranches, neighborhoods, cities and resorts. Bend is the hub of the area, with four-star restaurants, downtown shops and over 75,000 people calling it home. Surrounding Bend and also great places to visit and live are Redmond, Sunriver, Sisters, Prineville, Madras, Culver, Powell Butte and La Pine. Natural beauty, big city amenities, low crime and a rating as one of the most desirable places to retire, Central Oregon is expected to steadily grow to over 250,000 by 2020.