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Are people moving in or out of Central Oregon?   The answer right now seems to be mixed. Economic Analyst Bill Watkins told a group of 300 in Bend that he is very concerned about the first significant out migration in the last couple of decades.   Nancy Lynche owns Bend Storage and Transfer and says more people are leaving town: “Probably 90% moving out. And it’s mainly, if they’re in the workforce, they’re going to where they can, first of all get a job.” Lynch says working families are heading to Texas and North Dakota because that is where the jobs are. But Sheryl Mayfield of U-Haul says their biggest challenge right now is too many trucks in Bend because of all the people coming to the area: “U-Haul pricing wise it was $59 if you went from Bend to Klamath Falls, but coming from Klamath to Bend is was $200; just because we don’t need the trucks. There’s too many here now.” Mayfield says several of the people she talks to are moving to Bend because of the quality of life and they are coming here hoping to find a job. Some say they will work out of their home or have other plans. 

 

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