Discover the best places to live in Central Oregon

As an idyllic travel destination, outdoor enthusiast’s dream, and home to some of the area’s fastest-growing urban communities, Central Oregon has something to offer everybody. Whether you’re looking to put down roots in a rural community, want to wake up to sweeping views of the Cascades, or enjoy a small town vibe with city amenities, you’ll want to discover some of the best places to live in Central Oregon.

Old Mill in Bend, Oregon; best places to live in Oregon


A small city on the Deschutes River, Bend is one of the fastest-growing cities in Oregon. This outdoorsy, craft-beer-loving town offers plenty of opportunities for families, young professionals, and small business owners to thrive.

High bridge; best places to live in Oregon


Redmond is central to everything the area has to offer. Which is why it ranks consistently high on our “Best Places to Live in Central Oregon” list. And, as “Central Oregon’s Hub,” Redmond is quickly becoming one of the area’s top destinations.



Just south of Bend’s city limits, Sunriver offers a rural feel with urban advantages. This private planned resort community has a permanent population of about 1,700. Sunriver tends to attract retirees and families looking to raise their kids outside of city limits.



Just east of the Cascade Ridge, Terrebonne is the perfect balance of suburban and rural. This high-desert area is also home to Smith Rock State Park. Smith Rock is widely considered the “cradle of American rock climbing.” 



This vibrant community boasts one of the state’s best-performing school districts. As the “gateway to Central Oregon,” Sisters is a popular tourist destination, and has a lively and growing restaurant scene. 



If you prefer a whopping dose of peace and quiet, then this small community in Deschutes County should stand out as one of the best places to live in Central Oregon. With a small, quaint downtown and huge land parcels (on average, you’re looking at 20 acres), it’s a decidedly rural setting just minutes from […]


Crooked River

Looking for ruggedly beautiful scenery and endless whitewater adventures? Look no further than Crooked River. Best known for year-round golf and a milder climate (ideal for amateur gardeners), Crooked River offers an active, friendly community of outdoor enthusiasts.



This small town in Crook County has a sparse, suburban feel. Residents benefit from plenty of access to parks, trails, and other green spaces. Golf courses surround the area. Plus, folks in Prineville live a short distance from rivers, lakes, and the gateway to the Ochoco National Forest. Located only 24 minutes from Prineville Reservoir […]

River view in LaPine, Oregon


With year-round outdoor activities, La Pine is a Central Oregon gem. When you call La Pine home, you’ll have access to countless streams, lakes, rivers, and mountain trails. Explore the Newberry National Volcanic Monument or Deschutes National Forest. Only 30 minutes to Paulina Lake and the Paulina Plunge.