Fast Facts about Sisters, Oregon
Getting to Sisters...
From Portland: (about 3 hours)
Interstate 5 South to Route 22 east (Salem); merge to Highway 20 over Santiam Pass to Sisters.
From Eugene: (about 2 hours)
Highway 126 east to Highway 20 junction. Highway 20 over Santiam Pass to Sisters.
From California: Interstate 5 north to junction with Highway 97 at Weed (about 6 hours from Sisters). Highway 97 north to Bend; Highway 20 west to Sisters.
The town of Sisters derives its name from the three prominent Cascade peaks that grace the southwestern skyline, collectively known as the Three Sisters.
2,055 inside city limits; approximately 10,000 in the school district.
Sisters School District: Elementary, middle and high school. Total enrollment: 1,104; 131 staff.
Sisters Christian Academy: 62 students K-8; 9 staff.
Average home price: $277,684 – up 20.94 percent from 2012; median home price $232,823 – up 22.17 percent from 2012. (Central Oregon Association of Realtors; most recent statistics 3rd quarter 2013)
Roberts Field in Redmond connects Sisters with the rest of the country by air. The airport is a 20-mile drive to the east. It offers service from Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City and San Francisco.
Sisters Eagle Air airport is an uncontrolled public airport at the northern outskirts of town, suitable for light general aviation aircraft. (Runway improvements were made in 2013 and a fueling station was added.)
Hottest month is July (avg. temp. 84.3/42.1 degrees Fahrenheit); coldest month is December (40.8/20.1 degrees Fahrenheit). Driest month is July; wettest month is January. Average annual precipitation is 14.18 inches. (Source: Oregon Climate Service/Oregon Economic & Community Development.) Average snowfall is 32 inches.
Black Butte Ranch is the Sisters Country's largest employer, with approximately 300 employees in peak season.
The school district employs 131 staff.
Ray's Food Place employs 80-85 at peak.
ENERGYneering Solutions, Inc. employs 30-plus engineers, mechanics, etc.
• Deschutes County
703 N. Larch St.
• The Nugget Newspaper,
442 E. Main Ave.
• Sisters Area
Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center,
291 E. Main Ave.
• Sisters City Hall,
520 E. Cascade Ave.
• Sisters Fire Hall,
301 S. Elm St.
• Sisters Library,
110 N. Cedar St.
• Sisters Park & Recreation District, 1750 W. McKinney Butte Rd.
• Sisters Ranger Station, Cascade Avenue & Pine Street
• Sisters School District Administration Building, 525 E. Cascade Ave.
• “Running Horses” on the Lazy Z meadow east of town, by Brian Bain.
• Bronze Wild Stallion by Lorenzo Ghiglieri on Cascade Avenue.
• At Harold & Dorothy Barclay Park on Cascade Avenue are a bronze heron by Danae Miller, a sculpture by chainsaw artist J. Chester Armstrong, and a mural of quilts by Jerry Werner.
• Within City Hall (520 E. Cascade Ave.) hangs a quilt by Jean Wells, celebrating a Sisters landscape.
Sisters Ealge Air photo by Gary Miller.