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Bend is a city in Deschutes County, Oregon. The name Bend was derived from "Farewell Bend," the designation used by early pioneers to refer to the location along the Deschutes River where the town eventually was platted, one of the few fordable points along the river. It is the principal city of the Bend, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 52,029 at the 2000 census. As of 2005, there are about 70,000 people, and still growing. It is currently one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

Bend is located on the edge of the Ponderosa pine forest on the west as it transitions into the high desert plateau, characterized by junipers, sagebrush, bitter-brush, and little water. Originally a logging town, Bend has become identified as a jump-off point for multiple outdoor sports; such as fishing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, skiing, and golf.

Bend's climate is typical of the high desert with cool nights and sunny days. Annual precipitation averages 10-13 inches, part of which is the average snowfall of 34 inches. The winter season in Bend provides typical daytime temperatures in the 40's to 50's. Nighttime temperatures range anywhere from 22 to 51.

A typical central Oregon summer is marked with daily temperatures in the 80s and 90s during the day, and the mid 40s and 50s during the night. Hard frosts are not unheard of during the summer months. Autumn usually brings warm, dry days and cooler nights, and Bend is known for its annual Indian summer.

Tourism is one of Bend's largest sectors. Mount Bachelor ski resort brings in tourists from all over Oregon, Washington, and Northern California. The nearby Cascade Lakes are also a large draw for tourists. Recreational activities include downhill and cross country skiing, hiking, biking, rafting, golfing, camping, and fishing to picnicking, rock climbing and general sightseeing.

Bend is also home to the Deschutes Brewery, the largest of several microbreweries in the city. Since 2004, Bend has also hosted a film festival (BendFilm).


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