Bend has the 286th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 13.5% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Unemployment in the Bend area is 4%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Bend has the 233rd largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Bend is below average at $42,850, and the median cost of a home in Bend is $256,400, which is above the national average. 39% of workers in Bend hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 94% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Bend. 77% of Bend workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 8% carpool, and 13% walk. People in Bend spend an average of 16 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.