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Living in Prineville Oregon - EVERYTHING You Need to Know

What is Living in Prineville Oregon Like?

Located in the heart of Central Oregon, Prineville, Oregon, sits just 29 miles outside of Bend. With a robust local economy fueled by small businesses as well as marquee names like Facebook and Apple, living in Prineville, Oregon, is a desirable option for those looking to move to the Central Oregon area. Besides the lower cost of living than neighboring Bend, and the availability of jobs, Prineville, Oregon, has a lot of other things going for it. Living in Prineville, Oregon, you'll get plenty of sunny weather, have an abundance of recreational opportunities close by, and be surrounded by warm and welcoming neighbors. Mix in a great downtown, with many local shops, cafés, diners, and other businesses, and the many parks and open spaces, including the Ochoco State Park, Davidson Park, Ochoco Creek Park, and Pioneer Park, and you'll see why people are moving to Prineville, Oregon. Does moving to Prineville, Oregon, seem like a good idea? Read on to find out more about what living in Prineville, Oregon, is like.

Are You Considering Buying a Home in Prineville Oregon?

Would you like to buy a home in Prineville, Oregon? Let our team of trusted professionals help you buy or/and sell a home in the Prineville area. To connect with a local expert/real estate professional in Prineville, Oregon, to help you navigate your home buying journey, CLICK HERETo start receiving emails with homes that match your criteria, CLICK HERE and sign up for Listing Alert. With a little info on what, where, and how much, you'll get newly listed homes matching your criteria sent to your inbox as they hit the market. This can give you a big leg up in your home search.

The first step in the home-buying process is getting pre-approved for a mortgage. Todd Davidson is an experienced mortgage broker and can help you get the best financing option for your home purchase. Not quite ready yet? Todd can help you put together a plan to get you there. Whether you're thinking a few months or a year or more if you want to buy a home, reach out to Todd and he can help. CLICK HERE to email Todd and set up a call to get the process started or just call at 971-275-2465. 

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Public Schools in Prineville Oregon

If you've got school-aged kids, the quality of the public schools should be very important to you if you are considering a move to Prineville, Oregon. The kids living in Prineville, Oregon, attend school in the Crook County School District. Serving 2570 students in nine schools, the Crook County School District has a 16 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio. During the most recent school year, Crook County High School had an 80% graduation rate, slightly below the state average. rates the Crook County School District a C+, but looking at the individual schools, most got a B- or better. Though not the best school district in Oregon, Crook County School District is far from the worst. If looking to move to Prineville, Oregon, and wanting to do more research on the schools, there is a link below in the Moving to Prineville Links section for the Crook County School District website.

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Top Destinations & Attractions in Prineville

If you desire sunny weather, less traffic, and a slower pace of life, living in Prineville, Oregon, might be a good choice. But is there anything to do in Prineville? Yes, there is quite a bit to do visiting or living in Prineville, Oregon. I've listed just a few below:

Painted Hills

If you want to go hiking, learn about geology, and see one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon, check out the Painted Hills. Located about an hour northeast of Prineville. As part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, the Painted Hills is a must if you're visiting or living in Prineville, Oregon.

Prineville Reservoir State Park

If you're looking for camping, water recreation, excellent fishing, and fantastic star gazing, then you've got to check out Prineville Reservoir State Park. The 15-mile long, 3,000-acre reservoir is filled by waters flowing out of the Ochoco Mountain Range and Crooked River. With 43 miles of shoreline and various camping options available, the Prineville Reservoir State Park is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.


If you love to golf, living in Prineville, Oregon, you'll have plenty of options. With its spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains, high-desert landscapes, and fantastic weather, Central Oregon is well known for its excellent golf courses. There are more than two dozen courses in the Prineville area. Sunriver Resort, Black Butte Resort, Brasada Canyons, Pronghorn, Tetherow, Widgi Creek, Aspen Lakes, Lost Tracks, and Trail Run are some of the more popular. The list continues, though, so do your research. If you're living in Prineville or visiting Central Oregon, make sure you have your golf clubs with you!

What is the Cost of Living in Prineville Oregon?

Thinking of moving to Prineville, Oregon? If so, the cost of living would be a crucial factor in helping you decide if Prineville is the right town for you. I calculated the REAL cost of living in Prineville, Oregon, by factoring in today's costs for housing (rent and own), utilities, food, transportation, healthcare, and other necessities to live. Living in Prineville, Oregon, and renting, you need to make $45,000 a year. Living in Prineville, Oregon, and buying a home, you need to make $62,000 a year. Rental amount is based on current low end cost of studio or one bedroom, purchase is based on recent low end sales of a three bedroom and monthly payment with 20% down.

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FAQs About Living in Prineville Oregon

What is Prineville known for?

Prineville is known for its outdoor recreation and great weather. Living in Prineville, Oregon, you're never far from great hiking, biking, golfing, and camping opportunities. With the abundant rivers, lakes, mountains, and golf courses in the area, you'll never run out of fun things to do living in Prineville, Oregon.

What cities are nearby Prineville?

There are several great cities located near Prineville, Oregon. Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver, LaPine, and Bend are among the closest, and each offers unique attractions and amenities. And with Prineville being located in Central Oregon, there are also many great outdoor destinations nearby, such as Mount Bachelor and Smith Rock State Park.

What is the weather like in Prineville?

The climate in Prineville is temperate and dry, with temperatures ranging from a high of 85 in July to a low of 22 in January. Prineville receives an average of less than12 inches of precipitation per year and is located in a rain shadow, meaning it receives less rainfall than other parts of Oregon.


Does Prineville Oregon have good public schools?

Living in Prineville, Oregon, your kids will have access to average public schools. The graduation rates for the most recent year are slightly below the state average. rankings for various criteria are all average to slightly above average.

Is Prineville, Oregon, a safe place to live? 

Prineville is a safe place to live, with a crime rate below the national average. In addition, Central Oregon is home to several hospitals and medical facilities, which provide residents with access to quality medical care. You'll feel very safe living in Prineville, Oregon.

What is there to do for fun in Prineville?

With the fantastic weather and abundance of outdoor recreation at your fingertips, you won't run out of things to do living in Prineville, Oregon. Just a few of the many attractions include Mt. Bachelor, Smith Rock, Tumalo Falls, and the Deschutes River. There's also more than two dozen golf courses in Central Oregon, that would be close-by living in Prineville. With the many other rivers, lakes, mountains, and trails, surrounding Prineville, if you're the active sort, living in Prineville, Oregon, would be pretty amazing!

I want to relocate to Prineville, Oregon.  How do I make it happen?

You've come to the right spot if you're looking to move to Prineville, Oregon.  There’s a lot of information on this website to help including some helpful links below. If you want to ask questions, try our Facebook Group > Moving to Oregon  where we have broad group of locals to answer any question you might have. If you’re looking to buy a home in the Prineville area, getting pre-approved for a mortgage should be your first step. For Mortgage Info, reach out to me. I would love to tell you more about what living in Prineville is like as well as help with your mortgage if you decide to purchase a home.

For FAQs about moving to Oregon or living in Oregon, check out my blog, 31 FAQs About Living in Oregon. For more information about living in Oregon, check out the homepage of LIVING IN OREGON.

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