Take family farms, wineries and educational centers. Add high-tech headquarters and state-of-the-art health care. Stir. Enjoy.
There is something fortuitous about finding hometown pride alongside progressive values in a midsize town. It reinforces the fact that big cities and large institutions don’t necessarily produce greatness; people do.
Nestled in the Tualatin Valley between Portland and the Pacific Ocean, Hillsboro was founded in 1842 and incorporated in 1876. Its settler economy was first based on fruitful agricultural pursuits, supported by riverboat transportation on the Tualatin River, which helped it grow to about 5,000 people by 1950.
The farming way of life is still honored in Hillsboro, though our “crops” continue to diversify. High-tech companies arrived in the 1980s, including Intel, and later SolarWorld. In addition, health care, retail sales—and yes, still agriculture, including vineyards and flower farms—are keys to Hillsboro’s economy.
Now Oregon’s fifth largest city with over 100,000 residents, Hillsboro enjoys award-winning urban planning, an affordable cost of living, a strong economic base and one of the state’s most diverse populations. It supports the state’s fourth largest school district, two higher-education campuses, over 1,500 acres of designated green spaces including the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, and one of Oregon’s largest 4th of July parades as well as other key annual events: the Latino Cultural Festival in April, Celebrate Hillsboro in July, and the Oregon International Air Show in August/September. Hillsboro is also home to the Portland metro area’s only professional baseball team—the Hillsboro Hops (Go Hops!).
On any given day, you’ll find community events from free concerts and art exhibits to local produce to sports competitions at one of the City’s 28 parks, Civic Center Plaza, Hillsboro Stadium, the county fairgrounds or another local gathering place. In historic downtown Hillsboro and at the award-winning Orenco Station neighborhood, residents enjoy great gathering spaces and farmers’ markets as well as easy access to public transportation.
Even as it evolves, Hillsboro is helping to grow Oregon’s future with its hometown values and agrarian roots. Its people, businesses, nonprofits and government take great pride in their town as they work side by side, giving as much attention to community and livability as to development and industrial growth. With a healthy patchwork of history, business opportunities, neighborhoods, education, recreation and culture, great things are growing in Hillsboro.
Hillsboro Market Stats
* The Market Action Index answers the question “How’s the Market?” by measuring the current rate of sale versus the amount of the inventory. Index above 30 implies Seller’s Market conditions. Below 30, conditions favor the buyer.