A Peek Into NE Bend, Oregon~ A Great Place to Live

Monkey face, Smith Rock Park

It is no secret that Bend is one of the best cities to live in the Pacific Northwest, if not the United States as a whole. The unparalleled access to the outdoors and breathtaking environment draws thousands of new residents every year — which is part of the reason Bend was included in Money’s “100 Best Places to Live” in 2019. With such a large influx of new people moving to Bend, Oregon every year, it can be difficult to navigate the different neighborhoods and decide which community is best for you and your family. Explore the profile on northeast Bend below and decide if one of the neighborhoods there is for you!

The Neighborhoods

Northeast Bend consists of three different neighborhoods, all relatively equal in size. The Orchard District is made up of the area between Pilot Butte and Highway 97, Mountain View makes up the area east of the Orchard District, and Boyd Acres makes up the entire area of Bend that is north of Mountain View and the Orchard District. 

The Schools

With a school district as large as Bend-La Pine, there are dozens of primary and secondary schools spread around Bend with boundaries that can vary year-to-year. Below are the maps with the most recent boundary changes.

Elementary Schools

The five elementary schools whose boundaries are completely or partly in northeast Bend include Lava Ridge, Ponderosa, Jack Ensworth, Buckingham, and Juniper. According to Niche, an online school ranking service, Juniper is ranked as the 4th best public elementary school in Deschutes County, Buckingham is ranked at 9th, Lava Ridge is ranked at 12th, Ponderosa is ranked at 16th and Jack Ensworth is ranked at 19th. The Overall Niche Grade — which Niche calculates by compiling millions of report cards, data points, and user opinions — for each of the schools is high, with Juniper receiving an A-, Ensworth receiving a B and the three other schools all received a B+.

Middle Schools

The middle schools in the Bend-La Pine School District are larger than the elementary schools, so northeast Bend is split between only two schools. These include Sky View, whose boundaries include everything north of Butler Market Rd, and Pilot Butte, whose boundaries comprise the remaining area. According to Niche, Pilot Butte ranks as the 8th best public middle school in Deschutes County with an Overall Niche Grade of B+, and Sky View is unranked with a grade of C+.

High Schools

About triple the size of the middle schools — with student populations of about 1500 — the high schools whose boundaries are included in northeast Bend include Mountain View and Bend High. Mountain View, whose boundaries comprise the majority of the area, boasts a Niche grade of B- and Bend High, whose boundaries include the area west of Pilot Butte and south of Butler Market Rd, boasts a Niche grade of B and is ranked 94th for the best public high schools in Oregon.

Notable Areas

Northeast Bend is a distinct region of the city that’s still in the process of growing outwards from the city center. With major hubs and landmarks like St. Charles Medical Center, the Les Schwab headquarters, Pilot Butte, and Pine Nursery Park, northeast Bend has plenty to offer and holds loads of potential as it continues to grow and expand. When you are next looking for a home in Central Oregon, refer back to this guide to consider all that northeast Bend has to offer.

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