Seems Bend makes about every retirement "Best Places" list, including the annual "Top 100 Places to Retire" recently released for 2015 by TopRetirements.com. Specifically, Bend is recognized as being a great place to retire for "active adults where the outdoors is important". Some of the great features of Bend pointed out in the TopRetirements.com list include a beautiful natural setting, tons of parks and recreational trails, a thriving downtown, endless cultural activities including the Bend Film Festival, many performing arts centers such as the Les Schwab Amphitheater and Tower Theater, continuing educational opportunities with a community and a four-year college, a diversity of housing options including numerous active retirement centers, top notch medical facilities, and a moderate climate.
What doesn’t TopRetirements.com like about Bend as a top retirement community? Not much… but there are a couple of negatives including the distance to a larger metropolitan city like Portland (several hours away), the emergence of traffic congestion, distance to a major airport, higher unemployment rate, and increasing real estate values and rental rates.
But if the continued influx of retirees into Bend is any indication, we expect Bend to remain on the top 100 list in 2016.
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