La Pine, Oregon

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La Pine is a city in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States, incorporated on December 7, 2006.[3]

La Pine is part of the Bend, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,799 at the 2000 census, at which time it was a census-designated place (CDP). La Pine is in an isolated area of Central Oregon, consisting of a loose collection of homes and businesses along U.S. Highway 97 about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Bend. Most of the residential development is concealed from the highway itself.[citation needed] Several peaks of the Cascade Range are prominently visible from the community.

La Pine is in the valley of the Little Deschutes River, a tributary of the Deschutes River. The river provides recreational opportunities such as fishing, swimming, canoeing, and other leisure activities.



La Pine was founded in the 19th century with Huntington Road as the main street. The fledgling community quickly grew and prospered until the combination of a failed community water system and rapid growth of Bend caused a slowdown to occur.[citation needed] Today, La Pine is beginning to grow once again, but this time as a commuter town to Bend, making Deschutes County one of the fastest growing counties in America.

La Pine had remained an unincorporated community for many years. A measure to incorporate in the 2000 elections was rejected by a 2-1 ratio.[4] In the elections of 2006, another incorporation measure was placed on the ballot (one of two such measures in Oregon that year; the other being for Bull Mountain, Oregon). The La Pine measure passed, creating the City of La Pine. The city occupies 7 square miles (18 km2), and at the time of incorporation, had 1,585 residents as of December 2006.[5] Much of the former census-designated area lies outside the city limits.[6]

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