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Deshutes County Is Among Nations Fastest Growing Counties

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Thanks to a recent article from bendbullentin.com 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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