Almanac: Bend, Ore.

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Bend Winterfest

Everything you need to know about Bend, Ore.

Population 52,029

Elevation 3,623 ft.

Median Price Of A Single-Family Home In Bend $163,000

Median Price Of A Single-Family Home In Deschutes County $169,900

Tax On Bend Home $2,396 (14.6987/$1,000)

Tax On County Home Tax rates vary from a low of 9.0914/$1,000 ($1,536) to 18.8610/$ 1,000 ($3,188).

Main Businesses St. Charles Hospital and Mt. Bachelor, Inc.

School Population Bend/LaPine School District: 12,966 students. Central Oregon Community College offers a four-year university program.

Mt. Bachelor Ski Area Stats Vertical rise: 3,365 feet; Skiable acres: 3,683; Average annual snowfall: 350 inches. Season pass cost: $998; Lift ticket: $43.

Best Local EventBend WinterFest in early February.

Locals' Favorite Restaurants Pine Tavern (reasonably priced Northwest cuisine and a comfy bar); Marz (hip and moderately priced with Asian-influenced fare); Hans' (moderately priced pizzas to full-course meals and tasty pastries); Lucy's Place (cozy atmosphere, great burgers).

Locals' Favorite Hangouts Deschutes Brewery (prize-winning brews, casual atmosphere); Aviemore Arms (music acts a big draw for Gen-Xers); Royal Blend (the local coffee hangout); Bend Brewing Company (laid-back and sudsy); Legend's (hopping bar scene for the 20-to-30 crowd); West Side Café (best breakfast).

Best Places To Stay For sumptuous condo units overlooking the Deschutes River, try Mt. Bachelor Village ($85-$340 per night; 541-389-5900; www.mtbachelor village.com). The Phoenix Inn is in the heart of town ($79-$149; 541-317-9292; www.phoenixinnsuites.com). If you like B&Bs, Lara House ($95 to $150; 541-388-4064; www.larahouse.com) is a stately old home close to downtown. On a budget? The Bend Hostel is $15 per night with community cooking area; 800-299-3813; www.bendhostel.com.

Information 541-382-3221; www.info@bendchamber.com; www.covisitors.com; www.edforco.org.