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The elevation of a city tells us how high it is above mean sea level. Many cities around the United States are located in coastal areas, meaning they have an elevation of 500 feet (152 m) or less, but Bend is some distance inland and located in quite a rocky, mountainous region, so it has a relatively high elevation. The exact elevation of Bend, Oregon is 3,623 feet (1,104.3 m), which is relatively high compared to many major cities in the United States, like New York City, for example, which has an elevation of just 33 feet (10 m).
Oregon is the ninth highest state in American in terms of mean elevation. The state has a mean elevation of 3,300 feet (1010 m), so the elevation of Bend, Oregon is very close to the state's average. The highest point in Oregon is Mount Hood, which is found in the Cascade Volcanic Arc in the northern part of the state and has an elevation of 11,249 feet (3429 m), while the lowest point in Oregon is technically the Pacific Ocean, which is at sea level.
The highest city in all of Oregon is Lakeview, which has an elevation of 4,802 feet (1,464 m) and is found in Lake County, in the southern part of the state, and is even nicknamed the 'Tallest Town in Oregon'. The elevation of Bend, Oregon, is just a little over a thousand feet lower than Lakeview. When compared to other large cities and towns around Oregon, Bend often tends to have a higher elevation. For example, Oregon’s largest city, Portland has an elevation of only 49 feet (15 m), while Salem has an elevation of only 154 feet (47 m), so the city of Bend, Oregon, is much higher than other major cities around the state.