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Deschutes County

Statues of running horses behind a pond along Alfalfa Market Road.

Statues of running horses behind a pond along Alfalfa Market Road. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

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County Seat: 1300 NW Wall St., Suite 206, Bend 97701-1947
Phone: 541-388-6570
Fax: 541-385-3202


Population (2016): 176,635
Established: Dec. 13, 1916
Elev. at Bend: 3,628'
Area: 3,055 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 30.5° July 65.5°
Assessed Value: $21,975,610,092
Real Market Value: $33,133,426,787
Annual Precipitation: 12"
Economy: Tourism, retail trade, forest products, recreational equipment, aviation, software and high technology


Deschutes County map

Related resources
Historical Records Inventory
Scenic Image
"County QuickFacts" (population and economic data from U.S. Census Bureau)
County Seat Map (from Yahoo! Maps)
County Map (from ODOT)


Incorporated cities
Bend | La Pine | Redmond | Sisters


Points of interest
Smith Rock State Park, Mount Bachelor ski area, High Desert Museum, Lava Lands, Cascade Lakes Highway, Lava River Caves State Park, Lava Cast Forests, Newberry Crater, Pilot Butte, Three Sisters Wilderness, Central Oregon Community College, Deschutes County Fairgrounds, Redmond Airport, Pine Mountain Observatory


History and general information
French-Canadian fur trappers of the Hudson’s Bay Company gave the name Riviere des Chutes (River of the Falls) to the Deschutes River, from which Deschutes County took its name. In 1916, Deschutes County was created from a part of Crook County.

Deschutes County, outdoor recreation capital of Oregon, with noble, snow-capped peaks dominating the skyline to the west and the wide-open high desert extending to the east, captures the awe of locals and visitors alike. Deschutes County has grown into a bustling, exciting place where progress and growth are hallmarks.

Deschutes County has experienced rapid growth largely due to its climate and year-round recreation activities. Central Oregon offers downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hunting, hiking, rockclimbing, whitewater rafting and golfing. Deschutes County is the host of diverse annual events, including the Cascade Festival of Music, the Art Hop, Cascade Children’s Festival, Pole Pedal Paddle, Sisters Rodeo, Sunriver Sunfest and the Cascade Cycling Classic.

County officials
Commissioners—Chair Tammy Baney (R) 2019, Anthony “Tony” DeBone (R) 2019, Phil Henderson (R) 2021; Dist. Atty. John Hummel 2019; Assess. Scot Langton 2019; Clerk Nancy Blankenship 2019; Sheriff L. Shane Nelson 2021; Surv. Mike Berry; Treas. Robert Wayne Lowry 2019; Justice of the Peace Charles Fadeley 2021; Co. Admin. Tom Anderson


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