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Deshutes County Is Among Nations Fastest Growing Counties


Thanks to a recent article from and data from the U.S. Census Bureau we know that Deschutes and Crook Counties are among some of the fastest growing counties in the United States.

The growth that we’ve experienced here over the last two years can be attributed to affordable home prices (when compared to California), low mortgage interest rates and the better quality of life that cities like Bend, Redmond and the surrounding area offers residents when compared to Portland.

Encouraging Statistics

Deschutes and Crook counties are among the fastest-growing communities in the nation, according to new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Bend-Redmond metropolitan area, consisting of Deschutes County, is listed as the third-fastest-growing Metropolitan Statistical Area from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016. The local area’s population grew from an estimated 174,942 to 181,307, a 3.6 percent increase.

Only The Villages in Florida and the Myrtle Beach area in South and North Carolina grew faster.

Crook County ranks eighth among the fastest-growing counties in the country with a population of at least 10,000. The county saw its population increase from an estimated 21,647 in July 2015 to 22,570 in July 2016, a 4.26 percent increase.

Redmond Mayor George Endicott said the census data is consistent with the type of growth he sees in his city.

In 2016, Redmond approved 10 new housing developments, which will create almost a thousand new homes. The developments range from subdivisions with single-family lots to apartment complexes with multifamily units.

“It’s growing. We are seeing it,” Endicott said. “The builders wouldn’t be building if the demand wasn’t there.”

Endicott credits the city’s planning over the years to make more land available.

“Redmond is really well-postured for growth. All this land is here and approved,” Endicott said. “We do have land, and I think that is some of the reason our houses end up being less expensive than Bend, by comparison.”

Bend City Manager Eric King said he is not surprised by the census data, especially with the city experiencing its own amount of building activity each year.

King said the city is working toward returning to prerecession growth. Before 2006, King said, the city was processing about 2,400 single-family building permits each year. The city processed about 1,000 last year.

“We have always been in somewhat of a growth mode,” King said. “We are not at that frenzied pace we were in 2006.”

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U.S. Census Data Reports That Bend Oregon Is One of the Fastest Growing Metro Areas



By The Deb Tebbs Group

Did you know that Bend Oregon has been one of the fastest growing metro areas in the United States over the last two years?

Thanks to recent data from the U.S. Census we know that close to 4,500 residents chose Bend Oregon between during a one year period from July 2013 to July 2014.

7th Fastest Growth Rate in United States

There’s no denying that Bend has been growing fast over the last two years thanks to low home prices after the housing market crash / economic recession, and more jobs across various industries including: construction and hospitality.

The Census data shows us that Bend’s population growth ranks number 7 (2.7 percent growth) on the list of the fastest growing metro areas nationwide.

Oregon’s Population as a Whole Is Booming

Besides seeing growth in Bend, were also seeing more huge growth across Oregon, especially in the following metro areas including: Columbia, Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties.

In total Oregon has seen a population increase of close 42,000 between July 2013 and July 2014. This was an increase of 1 percent, the fastest growth Oregon has seen since the 2010 Census.

How Does This Affect You?

If you own a home in Bend Oregon during 2015 you can expect to see your home value increase thanks to greater demand for homes across Bend.

When you sell your home you may also be able to sell your home for more than what it’s worth since greater demand for homes is creating multiple offer situations where buyers are competing with each other for Bend Oregon Homes for sale.

To learn more Bend Oregon News that affects you, or to view Bend Oregon homes for sale, contact the Deb Tebbs Group today by calling us at (541) 323-423 or click here to connect with us through our website.

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Bend, OR is #2 in Best Towns for Fourth of July!

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Travel + Leisure just named Bend, OR #2 in their list of best towns to celebrate the Fourth of July! They note the all-day party in Drake Park & the pet parade. You can see the full list here. Have a safe & exciting Fourth of July everyone!

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