Deschutes County, Oregon

Deschutes County /dəˈʃts/ is one of the 36 counties in the U.S. state of Oregon. As of the 2020 census, the population was 198,253.[1] The county seat is Bend.[2] The county was created in 1916 out of part of Crook County and was named for the Deschutes River, which itself was named by French-Canadian trappers of the early 19th century. It is the political and economic hub of Central Oregon. Deschutes comprises the Bend, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area.[3] Deschutes is Oregon’s fastest-growing county.[4]

Deschutes County
Old U.S. Post Office in Bend, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Deschutes County
Location within the U.S. state of Oregon
Map of the United States highlighting Oregon
Oregon's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 43°55′N 121°13′W / 43.91°N 121.22°W / 43.91; -121.22
Country United States
State Oregon
FoundedDecember 13, 1916
Named forDeschutes River
SeatBend
Largest cityBend
Area
 • Total3,055 sq mi (7,910 km2)
 • Land3,018 sq mi (7,820 km2)
 • Water37 sq mi (100 km2)  1.2%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total198,253
 • Estimate 
(2021)
204,801 Increase
 • Density65/sq mi (25/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
Congressional district2nd
Websitewww.deschutes.org

HistoryEdit

French-Canadian fur trappers of the Hudson's Bay Company gave the name Rivière des Chutes (River of the Falls) to the Deschutes River, from which the county derived its name.[5]

On December 13, 1916, Deschutes County was created from the southern part of Crook County. Bend has been the county seat since the county's formation. It was the last county in Oregon to be established.

The Shevlin-Hixon Lumber Company also operated within the Bend area processing Ponderosa pine trees.

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,055 square miles (7,910 km2), of which 3,018 square miles (7,820 km2) is land and 37 square miles (96 km2) (1.2%) is water.[6]

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areasEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
19209,622
193014,74953.3%
194018,63126.3%
195021,81217.1%
196023,1005.9%
197030,44231.8%
198062,142104.1%
199074,95820.6%
2000115,36753.9%
2010157,73336.7%
2020198,25325.7%
2021 (est.)204,801[7]29.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2020[12]
 
Deschutes County grew by 39.4% from 2000 to 2007, making it by far the fastest-growing county in Oregon, at more than four times the state average.

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 115,367 people, 45,595 households, and 31,962 families living in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km2). There were 54,583 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.85% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 0.83% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.36% from other races, and 1.96% from two or more races. 3.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 19.4% were of German, 13.2% English, 11.4% Irish and 9.1% American ancestry.

There were 45,595 households, out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 22.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.80% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,847, and the median income for a family was $48,403. Males had a median income of $34,070 versus $25,069 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,767. About 6.30% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.40% of those under age 18 and 6.10% of those age 65 or over.

2010 censusEdit

As of the 2010 census, there were 157,733 people, 64,090 households, and 43,062 families living in the county.[14] The population density was 52.3 inhabitants per square mile (20.2/km2). There were 80,139 housing units at an average density of 26.6 per square mile (10.3/km2).[15] The racial makeup of the county was 92.2% white, 0.9% Asian, 0.9% American Indian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 3.0% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 7.4% of the population.[14] In terms of ancestry, 24.0% were German, 15.3% were Irish, 14.5% were English, and 4.8% were American.[16]

Of the 64,090 households, 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.8% were non-families, and 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.88. The median age was 40.2 years.[14]

The median income for a household in the county was $53,071 and the median income for a family was $61,605. Males had a median income of $43,543 versus $33,207 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,920. About 7.6% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.[17]

CommunitiesEdit

 
View of the Cascades near La Pine, Oregon

CitiesEdit

Census-designated placesEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

PoliticsEdit

While Deschutes County has traditionally fallen politically more in line with the eastern side of Oregon than the western side, this has shifted in recent years. By January 2021, a narrow plurality of registered voters in Deschutes County were registered with the Democratic Party.[18] In addition, Joe Biden carried the county with 52.7% of the vote in the 2020 Presidential Election (compared 44.4% of the vote for Donald Trump), marking the first time a Democratic Party candidate won the county since 1992 and the first time a Democratic Party candidate received a majority of the vote in the county since 1964.

In 2008, the Oregon house seat encompassing the city of Bend switched parties and hosted the only Democratic state legislator from a district east of the Cascades,[19] though the Republicans retook the seat in 2010.[20] Republicans would hold the seat for the remainder of the decade until 2020, when Democrat Jason Kropf was elected to the State House.

United States presidential election results for Deschutes County, Oregon[21]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 55,646 44.43% 65,962 52.67% 3,626 2.90%
2016 45,692 46.36% 42,444 43.07% 10,421 10.57%
2012 42,463 51.85% 36,961 45.13% 2,476 3.02%
2008 39,064 48.96% 38,819 48.66% 1,899 2.38%
2004 41,757 56.39% 31,179 42.11% 1,112 1.50%
2000 32,132 55.51% 22,061 38.11% 3,692 6.38%
1996 21,135 46.67% 17,151 37.88% 6,996 15.45%
1992 15,655 35.65% 15,693 35.73% 12,570 28.62%
1988 16,425 52.37% 14,264 45.48% 677 2.16%
1984 19,323 62.20% 11,671 37.57% 72 0.23%
1980 15,186 52.89% 9,641 33.57% 3,888 13.54%
1976 9,054 46.71% 9,480 48.91% 848 4.38%
1972 7,747 52.28% 6,319 42.64% 753 5.08%
1968 5,599 49.86% 4,859 43.27% 772 6.87%
1964 3,148 31.18% 6,947 68.82% 0 0.00%
1960 5,145 51.74% 4,776 48.03% 23 0.23%
1956 5,399 56.83% 4,102 43.17% 0 0.00%
1952 5,776 64.28% 3,174 35.32% 36 0.40%
1948 3,463 48.35% 3,499 48.85% 201 2.81%
1944 2,547 39.64% 3,807 59.24% 72 1.12%
1940 2,603 34.93% 4,775 64.07% 75 1.01%
1936 1,299 22.08% 4,278 72.71% 307 5.22%
1932 1,697 33.57% 2,962 58.60% 396 7.83%
1928 2,815 60.83% 1,702 36.78% 111 2.40%
1924 2,321 53.02% 1,015 23.18% 1,042 23.80%
1920 1,649 54.24% 1,072 35.26% 319 10.49%


EconomyEdit

 
Deschutes County Road Department at work, February 2011

During the 1990s, Deschutes County experienced the most rapid growth of any county in Oregon, largely due to the year-round availability of recreational activities, and its location as the nearest population center to much of the central Cascade Range. Beyond tourism, principal industries in the county are lumber, ranching and agriculture—chiefly potatoes. The Forest Service owns 51% of the lands within the county boundaries.

Deschutes County is the home of four destination resorts as defined by Oregon's Department of Land Conservation and Development. These resorts are major employers within the county. Three of these resorts, Sunriver, Eagle Crest, and Pronghorn, are among the county's ten largest tax payers.[22]

GeologyEdit

The overall defining landscape of Deschutes County is primarily marked with that of lava flows. Most of the lava found in Deschutes County issued forth from Newberry Volcano located just south of Bend. Because of this, many lava tubes are located within, including the prominent Lava River Cave. As a consequence, the county is the most cave-rich in the state of Oregon,[23] with over 500 known caves in the county.[24] Other prominent lava flows exist too, especially those related to the Mount Bachelor Volcanic Chain which consists of Mount Bachelor as well as three smaller shield volcanos, and a series of cinder cones.[25]

 
The Three Sisters mountains visible over the Crooked River Railroad Bridge north of Terrebonne

Large volcanoes serve as a backdrop to the city of Bend in Deschutes County, ranging from the prominent Three Sisters, Mount Washington, Mount Bachelor, Broken Top, Newberry, Tumalo Mountain, Maiden Peak and others. A group of geologists have discovered Smith Rock State Park is part of an ancient supervolcano called the Crooked River caldera with a rim nearly six times the diameter of Newberry Volcano's caldera. This ancient supervolcano has long gone extinct. Its crater rim is barely recognizable as remnants mark portions of Powell Buttes, Gray Butte, and the western front of the Ochoco Mountains at Barnes Butte.[26]

On the eastern side of the county, it is mostly characterized by large buttes of much older volcanic origin. Most of these did not create any proper lava flows, or at least none that are known to exist. Some of the prominent buttes include Horse Ridge, Pine Mountain, China Hat, and several others on the county border.

Two main types of lava flows are found within the county. The most common are the pāhoehoe flows which have been partially buried by volcanic ash, tephra deposits, and dirt over tens to hundreds of thousands of years. The ʻaʻā flows are fewer but much more prominent, with the most notable being associated with Lava Butte and the Lava Cast Forest in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Further readingEdit

Coordinates: 43°55′N 121°13′W / 43.91°N 121.22°W / 43.91; -121.22