La Pine

La Pine has been in existence for nearly 100 years and boasts spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities through its hometown slogan “The Outdoors at Your Front Door.” Located only a half-hour by car from Bend and 15 minutes from Sunriver, La Pine offers some of the least costly housing in the region, and on average, lots considerably larger than other cities in Central Oregon. Many La Pine residents commute to work in either Sunriver or Bend.

Because La Pine was an unincorporated area until 2006, official population figures for the area have not yet been developed. Estimates for the greater La Pine area (south of Sunriver and north of the Klamath County line) are between 15,000 and 16,000 residents – making it potentially the second largest population “center” in the Central Oregon region. The population estimate for zip code 97739 in 2007 was 9,421 residents. Portland State University’s Population Research Center estimated in July 2008 that the incorporated town of La Pine had 1,610 residents.

La Pine and its surrounding area has become a hub of activity for the renewable energy industry. The city boasts the first gold LEED certified building east of the Cascade Mountains, Midstate Electric Cooperative, and with the completion of Little Deschutes Lodge Retirement Center, will have the first platinum LEED building – the highest certification available.

The area abounds with natural scenic and recreational sites, including Newberry National Monument (Paulina Peak Caldera, Paulina & East Lakes, Big Obsidian Flow and vistas with a view of five states); La Pine State Park which includes Oregon’s largest Ponderosa Pine, Wickiup and Crane Prairie Reservoirs, Sparks, Elk, Odell, Crescent, Davis, Twin Lakes; Little Deschutes and Deschutes Rivers; Wickiup Butte and Lake, and Pringle Falls. In addition, La Pine sports an award winning 18-hole public golf course, Quail Run, has many ATV track and trails, snowmobile trails, horse camping, kayaking, premier fly fishing, rafting, hiking trails, and great geocaching locations.

La Pine, Oregon - Stats at a Glance
Population (July 2008)
Median Resident Age44.7
Estimated Median Hh Income (2007) $160,000
Median single family home price (YTD thru Dec 2008)$2.47
Average household size2.47
Property Tax Rate 2007/2008$13.8339 per $1000 assessed value
Assessed Value 2008$126,232,993
Telecommunications InfrastructureBendBroadband, BendTel, Qwest, Crestview Cable, Chambers Cable
Major Employers
Rays Grocery Stores, MidState Electric Coop, Sunriver Resort
Top 5 Deschutes County Taxpayers in 2008-09 (in order)Cascade Natural Gas Corp., Qwest Corp., Gas Transmission Northwest Corp., PacifiCorp (PP&L), Pronghorn Investors LLC
La Pine, Oregon Quick Links
Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) Roger Lee, Executive Director
109 NW Greenwood Ave., Suite #102, Bend OR 97701
City of La Pine (City Hall)
PO Box 3055, 51340 Hwy 97, Oregon 97739
Deschutes County (Administrative Offices)541-385-6570
1300 NW Wall St., Bend OR 97701
La Pine Chamber of Commerce
Physical Address: 51425 Suite A Hwy 97, La Pine OR 97739
Mailing Address: PO Box 616, La Pine OR 97739
Work Source Oregon541-548-8196
2158 SE College Loop, Suite B, Redmond OR 97756
Oregon Employment Department Office541-388-6070
1645 NE Forbes Rd #100, Bend, OR 97701
The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC)541-548-8163
2363 SW Glacier Place, Redmond OR 97756
Central Oregon Visitors Association (COVA) 800-800-8334
661 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 1301, Bend OR 97702
The Bulletin newspaper
1777 SW Chandler Avenue, Bend, OR 97702
La Pine Industrial Group (LIGI)541-536-9042
PO Box 1440, La Pine OR 97739