April 2007 Forbes Magazine Looks at 179 Small Markets for Best Places for Business and Careers
Forbes Magazine placed Bend high on their list of 179 small markets as measured in their Best Places for Business and Careers list. Given a population that would naturally have ranked Bend at #155, Bend achieved a much higher rating at #36. Job growth drove a large part of that boost with Bend capturing the #2 ranking; educational attainment was also high at #36; cost of going business component was at #155. See the complete rankings, where you can check out how cities compare with one another.