Bend Tops Outside Magazine’s 25 Best Towns of 2017

Outside Magazine Best Town 2017

What locals have already known is now confirmed by one of the largest magazines in the U.S. Outside Magazine featured Bend on the cover of their July Issue revealing The 25 Best Towns of 2017, their biggest best-towns list ever.

Outside Magazine put together a special advisory council to nominate places across the country “that are great for kids, have drool-worthy food and drink scenes, are welcoming to people of any background, and have all the bike lanes and singletrack you could possibly want.”

From Mt. Bachelor’s winter expansion to Smith Rock’s world-class climbing and the region’s miles upon miles of single-track, it’s a no-brainer to see why Bend is home to nearly 80 outdoor-related companies, both established and start-ups.

Bend couple and founder of Picky Bars, Lauren Fleshman and Jesse Thomas are featured on the cover.

Here are the official stats:

Bend, Oregon: Best Multi-Sport Town

  • Population: 90,000
  • Median home value: $271,000
  • Median household income: $53,000
  • Council says: “There are a ton of great craft breweries. It’s one of the country’s better scenes.” —Ron Jeffries

For the entire article, and to hear what other great things Outside Magazine has to say about Bend, click here.

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