About Hillsboro

City:

Tucked into the lush and beautiful Willamette Valley, 20 minutes west of Portland and a short hour’s drive from the Pacific Ocean in the heart of the Silicon Forest, sits Hillsboro. Founded in 1842 and incorporated in 1876, Hillsboro was chosen as the county seat for the newly formed Washington County and was based then primarily on agriculture. Today agriculture still plays a key role in the economy of Hillsboro, but the ‘crops’ have greatly diversified. We currently boast having the largest single site employer in Oregon, Intel, among many other large and small businesses in our city.

There are currently over 93,000 residents who call Hillsboro home. They enjoy award winning urban planning, an affordable cost of living, one of the state’s most diverse populations and a strong and healthy economic base. We support the fourth largest school district in Oregon and host two higher education campuses.

Hillsboro is governed by a City Council, seven elected members including a mayor. They provide visionary leadership that delivers responsive municipal services and fosters collaborative partnerships enhance Hillsboro’s hometown livability. The Mayor and City Council provide community leadership, create policies to guide the City in delivering services and achieving community goals, and encourage citizen awareness and involvement through committees and boards, the Youth Advisory Council and more. Hillsboro’s city government and city administrative offices are located in the Hillsboro Civic Center located in historic downtown Hillsboro and adjacent to the Washington County Courthouse.

To find more information about Hillsboro’s Police Department, The Hillsboro Fire Department, utilities and other services, go here.

Recreation:

Few cities anywhere offer the diverse recreational opportunities that are available in Hillsboro. There truly is something for everyone- from family fun to the sports enthusiast. Hillsboro is easy to get to, has all the entertainment opportunities of a big city, but also enjoys close proximity to many outdoor recreational facilities as well. The problem will be to choose what you want to do first!

The city’s accredited Parks & Recreation Department operates 24 public parks along with the Gordon Faber Sports Complex and Ron Tonkin Field, home of Hillsboro Hops. Most of our parks complement neighborhoods, providing green space, picnic facilities, playgrounds and sport court facilities. Children’s programs can be found at several of Hillsboro’s parks along with canoeing on the Tualatin River, disk golf, rhododendron gardens and rental facilities for all your outdoor celebrations. The SHARC or Shute Park Aquatic and Recreational Center offers aquatics including three pools, a spa pool, dry sauna, and water exercise classes as well as a full complement of group fitness classes and recreation amenities on land. You will find on-site childcare, full cardio and weight room, spin room, personal trainers, massage, and multi-purpose rooms for birthday parties and facility rentals to keep you and your family entertained and comfortable.

Bordering the Tualatin River and within the city limits you will find Jackson Bottom Wetland Preserve, a 710-acre wildlife preserve, home to many native species of wildlife including red legged frogs, bald eagles and many varieties of migratory birds. It attracts thousands of students, biologists, wildlife experts and bird watchers each year. It is a perfect afternoon walk in natural wetlands setting that kids are sure to love.

Hillsboro also boasts a very lively arts scene with both professional and Community Theater, art galleries, First Tuesday Art Walks, the Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center and community offerings such as Pics on the Plaza and Showtime at Shute Park summer concert series. The Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council hosts a comprehensive community arts calendar so you can keep up with all that is going on in the arts community.

If you are a golfer, you will love Hillsboro. Nine courses, all within a 10 minutes’ drive, beckon scratch golfers and duffers alike. Hillsboro also is situated within minutes by car of fishing, hunting, hiking and boating area. Hagg Lake is a popular recreation area just 15 miles southwest of Hillsboro in the foothills of the Coast Range. The 1,100-acre lake is stocked with trout, bass and perch. Close by you will find Tree to Tree Adventure Park for those of you who are daring and enjoy zip lining in the treetops of Oregon’s beautiful fir trees.

Located in the north western corner of the fertile Willamette Valley, Hillsboro and the surrounding area is considered one of the best places to grow several varieties of grapes with Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris being regional specialties. You can travel from vineyard to vineyard sampling our delicious and award winning wines or join one of the many wine tours offered for your convenience by local companies. Wine isn’t the only spirit being produced in Hillsboro though. There is a large following for local distilleries and breweries as well. You can find maps that will lead you on a great tour of our tasting rooms and tap rooms in our Hillsboro Magazine or in the visitor’s center at the Hillsboro Chamber.

Events:

Hillsboro residents love a parade, festival, or fair and there is no shortage of celebrations in our community. Each summer, Hillsboro is host to Washington County Fair as well as the Oregon Renaissance Festival – both taking place in the heart of the city at the Washington County Fairplex. The Oregon International Air Show takes to the skies from the Hillsboro Airport annually. The Hillsboro Rotary July 4 Parade is one of Oregon’s largest and attracts over 10,000 citizens to the streets of downtown Hillsboro each year. Our very own Hillsboro Hops Single A Baseball team takes to the diamond from June to September and there is no better way to spend a summer evening that cheering on the home team. A St. Patrick’s Day Parade is in held in March. The Chamber’s Latino Cultural Festival is held in April on the streets of downtown Hillsboro. It is a true celebration of the diversity the Latino population brings to our community and includes entertainment, activities, food and fun for the entire family.

No summer would be complete without the Hillsboro Farmers Market. This outdoor market takes place in downtown Hillsboro from May to November. Farmers and crafters sell their produce and wares from wagons and truck beds parked alongside the sidewalks near the Civic Center. The Hillsboro Tuesday Marketplace is also held in downtown from June through August. Farm products, hot foods and top-drawer live musical entertainment attract thousands of people well into the evenings. The Tuesday Marketplace extends from June through August. For a list of all events, visit our Hillsboro Magazine, or check out our events calendar.

City Data

Climate:

  • 37.57 inches of average rainfall per year
  • Average growing season between frosts is six months
  • The average temperatures range between 42.1 and 62.9 degrees

Education:

  • There are 23 public elementary schools, four public middle schools and four public high schools run by the Hillsboro School District.
  • High school enrollment:
    Century High School- 1,608
    Glencoe High School- 1,601
    Liberty High School- 1,386
    Hillsboro High School- 1,315

Population:

  • 95,327 (2012 estimate)
  • There are an estimated 33,289 households
  • Median age: 32
  • 50.2% male, 49.8% female

Crime:

  • In 2011, the average crime rate was 157.2 per 100,000 people (national average is 309.3 per 100,000)

Employment:

Top ten Private employers:

  1. Intel (16,250)
  2. Wells Fargo (1,275)
  3. Qorvo (982)
  4. Solar World (758)
  5. FEI part of Thermo Fisher Scientific (440)
  6. Maxim Integrated Products (431)
  7. Yahoo! (400)
  8. Accumed (400)
  9. Oregon National Primate Research Center (380)
  10. Applied Materials (370)