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Fascinating History & Facts About La Pine, Oregon


“The Outdoors at Your Front Door” – La Pine, Oregon

I asked some of the local folks what words they would use to describe their hometown and amongst them were “rural, relaxed, friendly, and my favorite … SMALL town BIG hearts.”  Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care (also known as Newberry Hospice in La Pine) has been providing service for over 13 years to parts of Deschutes, Klamath, and Lake counties. Heart ‘n Home is the leading provider of hospice care in Oregon and Idaho and it is our mission to affirm the lives of the communities we serve.

Jim Smith, RBSW, local resident and Executive Director of the La Pine office says, “I believe that to be successful in my work with people I have to keep grounded with volunteering and other fun activities.”  Lucky for you Jim, there are plenty of outdoor activities available to choose from and also a great hospice to volunteer with! Learn more about volunteering in hospice.

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.  Learn more about visiting La Pine, Oregon.

Diana Hergenrader, a 17 year resident and Clinical Coordinator for Newberry Hospice says, “Beautiful La Pine is a jewel in Central Oregon and South Deschutes County. A community among thousands of tall pines, close to the Cascade Lakes and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, it boasts spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities through its hometown slogan “The Outdoors at your Front Door.”  She also loves its sun, snow, and serene sunsets and sunrises.

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.
  • As of 2012, La Pine’s population is 1,653 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 51.76 percent.
  • Compared to the rest of the country, La Pine’s cost of living is 3.80% 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.

A little about Deschutes County …

Located in the heart of the state, Deschutes County is the outdoor recreation capital of Oregon. With noble, snow-capped peaks dominating the skyline to the west and the wide-open high desert extending to the east, the beauty and uniqueness of Deschutes County captures the awe of locals and visitors alike. From humble beginnings as a logging and timber mill center, Deschutes County, like the region it serves, has grown into a bustling, exciting place where progress and growth are ongoing hallmarks.

During the past 10 years, Deschutes County has experienced the most rapid growth of any county in the state largely due to its invigorating climate and year-round recreational activities.

I think it’s safe to say, another suitable slogan for La Pine could easily be “Beauty At Your Back Door.”  If you are looking for volunteer opportunities in Central Oregon – we urge you to consider joining our volunteer team.  Also, if you are looking for an excellent career in the field of hospice, check our careers page frequently as it is always current.  Heart ‘n Home is nationally recognized by Modern Healthcare Magazine as a Best Place to Work in Healthcare. We strive to continually make it a better place to work every day, every time.


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