Hillsboro Oregon | Washington County | Greater Portland Metro Area

Rural Hillsboro in the Tualatin ValleyBefore the European settlers arrived, the first inhabitants of the Tulatin Valley were called the Tualaty Tribe. The favorable climate allowed for great hunting, fishing and agriculture. In 1841 the first pioneers from Europe, notably David Hill settled in the region. Riverboats offered transportation to Hillsboro and in 1871 the Oregon and California railroad arrived contributing to the later incorporation fo the city in 1876. Transportation to Portland began to be provided by the Oregon Electric Railway in 1908.

Today, Hillsboro is the fifth-largest city in the State of Oregon and is the county seat of Washington County. It is situated in the Tualatin Valley bordered by the Tualatin River, located 17 miles from Portland, OR. The town is home to numerous technology companies including Intel and Sun Micro Systems. Together they make up part of what’s called the “Silicon Forest.”

Hillsboro offers a small town setting in a scenic landscape, versus the more small-city feel of Beaverton. The city is also home to SolarWorld, a German company which is the largest solar cell manufacturer in North America.

City Attractions

The Oak Knoll Winery was established in 1970, and is the oldest and largest winery in the county. They’ve received several awards for their wines, and are the official wine sponsor of the Portland Rose Festival with Pinot Noir as one of their specialties. Visitors can also enjoy other local wineries such as Gypsy Dancer Estates Winery and Raptor Ridge. There are numerous parks in the city, such as Ainsworth State Park, Rooster Rock State Park, and the Milo McIver State Park. The city’s history is displayed in the Portland Art Museum and the Gresham History Museum. Tourists can also visit the the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Boating and fishing activities are also popular in town.

Climate and Demographics

Summers in Hillsboro are usually warm, but temperatures are moderated throughout the year by a marine influence from the Pacific Ocean. August is the warmest month while January is the coolest month with an average high of 46 °F or 8 °C. As of 2010, there were 91,611 people in the city with approximately 73% Whites, 2% African Americans, 1% Native Americans, 9% Asians, less than 1% Pacific Islanders, and 23% Hispanics or Latino of any race were about 23% of the population..