La Pine is Where?
If this is the first time you have heard about this city chalk full of forest, mountains, and blue lakes…La Pine is a city located in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is part of the Bend, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area. The nearest urban center, Bend, is located 30 miles north of the La Pine area and offeres a wider variety of employment and services not readily available in the La Pine area.
Some interesting facts:
La Pine is home of East Lake and Paulina Lake – where the state record Brown Trout was caught.
As of 2007, La Pine is Oregon’s newest city (after a seven square mile portion of La Pine was recently incorporated).
Plated in 1910, La Pine was built next to and absorbed the tiny town of Rosland. Until 2006, La Pine held the distinction of being the only unincorporated town in the State of Oregon, meaning it had no governing body other than Deschutes County. Voters finally approved incorporation in November 2006.
There are 2.5 million acres of forest, seven wilderness areas, six rivers, 157 lakes, 1600 miles of trails and the unique landscape of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
La Pine enjoys a lower cost of property acquisition including commercial and light industrial land, compared to most of Central Oregon. La Pine is the largest geographical community in the state (approximately 35 square miles).
At 4,235 feet, La Pine has the highest elevation of any community within the Central Oregon region. This advantage makes it a winter wonderland for all types of snow-related recreation. Summers are warm, welcoming equal numbers of summer recreational activities.
La Pine’s population is 1,864 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of more than 50 percent.
Compared to the rest of the country, La Pine’s cost of living is lower than the U.S. average.
La Pine has an abundance of affordable housing. A 3 bedroom home can be purchased in the $150,000 range.