No. 4: Bend, Ore.

No. 4: Bend, Ore.

Population: 80,900
Patents per 10,000 pop.: 4.3
Creative Professionals: 13.5%
BA or Higher: 33.7%

This one-time logging town in central Oregon has grown by about 50% in the past decade, drawing companies in computer technology, biotech, and aviation.

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