Bend Oregon made the top of the list for the best laid-back destination for relocation in the United States. It is close to nature, affordable and has a small-town vibe.
The great outdoors is the main draw in the largest town in Central Oregon's high desert country, population 100,000. 70 parks are located in town an 65 miles of recreational trails. And just a short drive away is the Cascade Mountains ripe with ski slopes, pristine lakes, whitewater rafting river and huge swaths of forest land crisscrossed with hiking trails.
Year round weather is sunny and dry. Unlike Portland and other rainy Pacific Northwest neighbors, Bend gets only 12 inches of rain a year. High temps average 82 F in summer and 48 F in winter.
Pros: heaven for outdoor enthusiasts; friendly (low crime rate), low-key vibe, more like a resort than a city, highly rated health care facilities and considered the most dog friendly city in the U.S. (according to Dogster).
Cons: population that is 94% white. In fact, the joke that being diverse in Bend means having a different color Suburu.