Sixteen miles north of Bend is Redmond, another rapidly growing central Oregon  city. Redmond is a hub, centrally located among Madras , Prineville , Bend , and Sisters , so traffic can get congested.
The city got its start when the Deschutes Irrigation and Power Company established irrigation canals here in the early 1900s. The railroad soon came, and Realtors shortly followed.
Like most central Oregon towns, it was once home to several mills, but now, thanks to its regional airport and nearby resorts, tourism plays a major role in the economy.