I left Bend last fall, and there is some truth to the comments about the economic aspect of it. Jobs are definitely not plentiful there, I have a masters degree and in an 8 month period could not find a job anywhere, after my position was eliminated where I worked. And that included applying at everyplace from office buildings to McDonald's. Yes, that's correct,not even McDonald's had room for me. There just wasn't anything out there, and those who are fortunate enough to have work, are clinging tight to it.
Bend is a lovely place to live, very safe and things to do there. But you can definitely see the "upper class" influences on the economic aspect and even merely finding a place to rent is next to impossible. Very expensive for what you get, and very strict standards by most property management to rent to the better people, shall we say. So, for as much as I miss Bend, the stress of always worrying about having a roof over my head and the every rising costs of groceries and other goods seem to be showing signs of taking a toll on the good people of Bend.
I've been around Oregon quite a bit, looking for property to purchase, and I would have to say by my experience, Bend is becoming an elite area to get into, which is why I am not likely to end up back there.$70,000.00 down on property in Bend still leaves you with a life time of debt just to buy something meager. It's a real shame that this beautiful place has been disrupted by the wealthy coming in and altering everything about it.
So yes, it is true, there is a mix of people moving in and moving out of Bend. For the most part, it is the Bendites who are now laid off, out of work, or just can't meet the rising costs of living there that are moving out, while the wealthy elite from elsewhere are moving in. Sad but true. I've seen it with my own eyes. It's a shame that nothing can be done about it.