In its recent story about where people moving to Bend are coming from, the Bulletin reported that tech jobs in Deschutes County are growing at a faster rate than jobs overall.

From the Bulletin:

From the first quarter of 2010 to the first quarter of 2015, the number of high tech jobs in the county has grown by 36 percent, according to numbers supplied by Damon Runberg of the Oregon Employment Department. By comparison, jobs in Deschutes County have grown by 20 percent.

“As you can see high-tech has grown considerably faster than the countywide numbers (which is impressive since the county has seen very fast growth),” Runberg wrote in an email.

It’s felt like tech hiring has been on the upswing, so seeing the figures is heartening. If you happen to be looking for a tech job, check out our job board. Employers have been posting a lot lately. There’s been nearly two dozen postings just between Kollective and G5 alone. Navis, TeamUnify, GL Solutions, Smart Solutions and more also have current opening listed on the site.

The story also reports that while most of Bend’s newest residents come from other parts of Oregon, Californians also love Bend. In fact, Californians account to 18 percent of Deschutes County’s newest residents over the past five years, the largest group from a neighboring state.

And many of those Californians are bringing their startups or other ventures with them — or finding new ways to build the startup and tech community here. Consider BendPoly, Kollective, Seven Peaks Ventures, Five Talent, Biome Analytics, just to name a few.

Kelly Kearsley

Kelly Kearsley, the co-founder of, is passionate about startups, entrepreneurship and Bend. In addition to writing this blog, she creates content and manages content projects for global financial companies, tech firms and startups. She began her career as a newspaper journalist and later worked as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in, Money Magazine, CNNMoney, MSNBC and Runner's World. See her work at or

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