Established in 1868, Prineville is the oldest community in Central Oregon, and one of the state’s first incorporated cities. Prineville was the primary place of trade until 1911, when the Union Pacific and Oregon Trunk Railways extended south from the Columbia River to Bend. Still today Prineville’s origins are tied to the land in agriculture, forest products, the railroad, and manufacturing. Prineville’s population growth has been the highest in the state in recent years. Much of that growth is attributed to the small, rural feel of Crook County, recreational opportunities, relatively mild climate, and more affordable housing compared with other Central Oregon communities.

Prineville is the gateway to the Ochoco National Forest, Painted Hills National Monument, and a host of lakes and reservoirs popular with boaters and fishermen. Just as other cities in Central Oregon, there is no shortage of recreational activities to take advantage of.

An attractive aspect of doing business in Prineville is the low cost and abundance of industrial lands. Prineville boasts over 2,000 acres of industrial land with large tracts of land available, an enterprise zone and a renewable energy zone in place and a large supply of electric power. Companies with big power requirements, like Facebook who began construction on a 147,000 SF datacenter in Prineville in January 2010, may consider Prineville for relocation or expansion.

Prineville, Oregon - Stats at a Glance
Population (July 2008) 10,370 (Prineville); 26,845 (Crook County)
Median Resident Age39.4
Estimated Median Hh Income (2007) $44,951
Median single family home price (YTD thru Dec 2008)$177,500 (Crook County)
Average household size2.49
Property Tax Rate 2007/2008$13.10 per $1000 assessed value
Assessed Value 2008$1,494,834,473 (Crook County)
Telecommunications InfrastructureBendBroadband (commercial), Crestview Cable (residential & commercial), Quantum Communications (commercial), Qwest (residential & commercial)
Top Five Private Largest Employers (in 2007, in order)Les Schwab, Contact Industries, Woodgrain Millwork, Central Oregon Trucking, Pioneer Memorial Hospital
Top 5 Crook County Taxpayers in 2008-09 (in order)Les Schwab Warehouse Center, Brasada Ranch, Clear Pine Moulding, Norman K Ross, Ironhorse Development
Prineville, Oregon Quick Links
Prineville/Crook County Economic Development, Inc.
Jason Carr, Manager 541-233-2015
187 NE 2nd Street, Prineville OR 97754
Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) Roger Lee, Executive Director
109 NW Greenwood Ave., Suite #102, Bend OR 97701
City of Prineville541-447-5627
387 NE 3rd Street, Prineville OR 97754
Crook County541-447-6555
300 NE 3rd Street, Prineville OR 97754
Prineville/Crook County Chamber of Commerce541-447-6304
390 NE Fairview Street, Prineville OR 97754
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
MidOregon Personnel Services541-447-1299
187 NW 2nd Street, Prineville OR 97754
Central Oregonian newspaper541-447-6205
558 N. Main Street, Prineville OR 97754