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Sisters, Oregon
Cascade Avenue in downtown Sisters
Cascade Avenue in downtown Sisters
Motto(s): 
"A Modern Western Community"
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 44°17′27″N 121°32′56″W / 44.29083°N 121.54889°W / 44.29083; -121.54889Coordinates: 44°17′27″N 121°32′56″W / 44.29083°N 121.54889°W / 44.29083; -121.54889
Country United States
State Oregon
County Deschutes
Incorporated 1946
Area
 • Total 1.88 sq mi (4.86 km2)
 • Land 1.88 sq mi (4.86 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
3,182 ft (970 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,038
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,781
 • Density 1,481.62/sq mi (572.07/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
97759
Area code(s) 541
FIPS code 41-67950
GNIS feature ID 1127008
Website www.ci.sisters.or.us

Sisters is a city in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. It is part of the Bend, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,038 at the 2010 census.

History

The community takes its name from the nearby Three Sisters mountains.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.87 square miles (4.84 km2), all of it land.

The Santiam Highway (U.S. Route 20) and the McKenzie Highway (Oregon Route 126) merge briefly to form Cascade Avenue, the main thoroughfare through downtown Sisters. On Cascade Avenue, there is a lot of pedestrian traffic and many specialty stores and galleries. East of Sisters the two highways split, with 126 heading to Redmond and 20 going to Bend. West of Sisters, the road splits once more, with the McKenzie Highway becoming Oregon Route 242 and running west over the McKenzie Pass (a summertime-only scenic route over the Cascades.) The Santiam Highway proceeds over the Santiam Pass.

Climate

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Sisters has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.

Climate data for Sisters
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 65
(18.3)
72
(22.2)
78
(25.6)
87
(30.6)
98
(36.7)
103
(39.4)
109
(42.8)
106
(41.1)
103
(39.4)
92
(33.3)
73
(22.8)
64
(17.8)
109
(42.8)
Average high °F (°C) 41.1
(5.06)
45.1
(7.28)
51.1
(10.61)
57
(13.9)
65.5
(18.61)
74.5
(23.61)
84.4
(29.11)
83.5
(28.61)
75.3
(24.06)
62.9
(17.17)
47.5
(8.61)
40.5
(4.72)
60.7
(15.94)
Average low °F (°C) 21.3
(-5.94)
23.3
(-4.83)
25.9
(-3.39)
28.4
(-2)
33.8
(1)
39
(3.9)
42.4
(5.78)
41.8
(5.44)
35.5
(1.94)
29.3
(-1.5)
25.8
(-3.44)
20.9
(-6.17)
30.6
(-0.78)
Record low °F (°C) -28
(-33.3)
-22
(-30)
-1
(-18.3)
9
(-12.8)
11
(-11.7)
19
(-7.2)
24
(-4.4)
25
(-3.9)
15
(-9.4)
-4
(-20)
-16
(-26.7)
-28
(-33.3)
-28
(-33.3)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.24
(56.9)
1.45
(36.8)
1.12
(28.4)
0.79
(20.1)
0.78
(19.8)
0.61
(15.5)
0.38
(9.7)
0.41
(10.4)
0.4
(10)
0.95
(24.1)
2.1
(53)
2.27
(57.7)
13.49
(342.6)
Snowfall inches (cm) 8.3
(21.1)
6.3
(16)
3.5
(8.9)
0.3
(0.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.2
(0.5)
3.6
(9.1)
7.9
(20.1)
30.1
(76.5)
Avg. precipitation days 9 7 8 6 6 4 2 3 3 5 10 9 72

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 723
1960 602 −16.7%
1970 516 −14.3%
1980 696 34.9%
1990 679 −2.4%
2000 959 41.2%
2010 2,038 112.5%
2019 (est.) 2,781 36.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,038 people, 847 households, and 557 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,089.8 inhabitants per square mile (420.8/km2). There were 1,109 housing units at an average density of 593.0 per square mile (229.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.9% White, 1.1% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 2.3% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.1% of the population.

There were 847 households, of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.2% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 41.4 years. 26.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.9% were from 25 to 44; 30.4% were from 45 to 64; and 14.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

Events

  • The Sisters Rodeo is held the second weekend in June, held since 1941.
  • Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is on the second weekend of July.
  • Sisters Folk Festival is the first weekend of September.

Recreation

Three sisters2
The Three Sisters, the city's namesake mountains

Sisters is the headquarters of the Sisters District of the Deschutes National Forest. The Sisters Ranger District Office is located at Pine Street and Highway 20. Hiking, biking and horse riding trails go from the city limits into the Three Sisters Wilderness. Sisters Trail Alliance builds and maintains hiking, biking and equestrian trails near the city.

The Sisters area is also home to several mountain biking trails, including the Peterson Ridge Trail and Suttle Lake trails.

Hoodoo ski resort and many snow parks are nearby.

Camp Tamarack is nearby.

Transportation

Education

The Sisters area is served by Sisters School District, which is responsible for the education of approximately 1,300 students at four schools:

  • Sisters Elementary School - Kindergarten through Grade 4
  • Sisters Middle School - Grades 5 through 8
  • Sisters High School - Grades 9 through 12
  • Sisters High School Alternative Programs - Grades 9 through 12

Sisters is also home to Sisters Christian Academy, a non-denominational Christian school.

Notable people

  • Dan Fouts, former professional football player
  • Chris Klug, Olympic snowboarder
  • Ken Ruettgers, former professional football player
  • Tonya Harding, former professional and Olympic skater
  • Rainn Wilson, actor known for The Office
  • Johnny Werhas, former professional baseball player
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