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Jefferson County takes pride in welcoming visitors and newcomers. Whether vacationing, visiting or looking to relocate, we would be happy to send you a package detailing all that our community has to offer. Check out our helpful Newcomer’s Information or contact us for a Free Relocation Package

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Jefferson County residents enjoy a variety of employment opportunities, including manufacturing, aviation, agriculture, retail, education, tourism and health care. Our communities are affordable with attractive prices for homes, low cost utilities, reasonable property taxes and no sales tax.

Industry diversification is a key factor in maintaining the economical health of our region. Jefferson County is committed to making our area a business-friendly environment and works hard to support existing businesses as well as recruit others.

Located at the convergence of Highways 97 and Highway 26, it is the closest industrial area in Central Oregon to the Portland metro area. The local rail service is provided through the Oregon Trunk line with BNSF and Union Pacific as carriers. It includes many rail sidings as well as a regional multi-modal rail hub.

Our general aviation airport has a “heavy” designation and can accommodate any size corporate jet as well as heavy, C-130, aircraft. Nearby is the Redmond Municipal Airport with flights to major cities, connecting to destinations worldwide.

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Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is the contact for industrial businesses.

Real Estate

Real Estate options in Jefferson County are as varied as its residents. Madras boasts cozy neighborhoods with stunning mountain views, surrounded by acres of fertile farmland. Crooked River Ranch features River Canyon Country living at its best. Residential and commercial options are virtually unlimited.

Real Estate Directory

Health Care

Residents of Jefferson County have access to a variety of health care options, from acute and critical care hospital services to family wellness and assisted living accommodations. St. Charles Madras is joined by a network of four area hospitals delivering excellent, compassionate health care close to home.

Health Care Directory


Jefferson County K-12 students are members of four different school districts, depending upon where they reside. Higher education opportunities are provided at the Madras Campus of Central Oregon Community College (COCC), along with the OSU Cascade Campus located in Bend. COCC also provides a wide selection of non-credit community learning classes throughout the year.

Education Directory

Emergency Services

Residents of Jefferson County receive services from a range of public safety entities. These include the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Warm Springs and Madras Police, Oregon State Police, as well as fire and ambulance services.

Emergency Services Directory


Jefferson County has access to high-speed communications services via several telecommunications providers. Water from the community’s iconic water source, Opal Springs, has taken the title of best tasting water in the state on numerous occasions.

Utilities Directory