Introduction to Hillsboro, Oregon

Hillsboro is situated in Tualatin Valley in Washington County and is bordered by the Tualatin River. The landscape is fairly level. Hillsboro is approximately 17 miles away from Portland. The town is the center of the Silicon Forest and is home to numerous technology companies including a major center for Intel and Sun Microsystems. The city's population significantly increases during the day due to the arrival of commuters. Hillsboro offers suburbs set in a scenic landscape and still maintains its old fashioned charm. Rain is common in the city.


Pioneers arrived in 1841. The city was named in tribute to one of the early pioneers, David Hill. Beginning in 1867 riverboats offered transportation to Hillsboro along the Tualatin River. In 1871 the Oregon and California Railroad arrived. The city was incorporated in 1876. In 1908 the Oregon Electric Railway began providing transportation to Portland.

Culture and Entertainment

Hillsboro is home to the Oregon Chorale, the Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra, the Hillsboro Actors Repertory Theatre, Washington County Museum and the Walters Cultural Arts Center. The free concert series known as "Showtime at Shute" occurs during the summer. The Oregon International Air Show is a notable event.


  • Civic Center
  • Hillsboro Farmer's Market
  • L.L. Stub Stewart Memorial State Park
  • Bald Peak State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Hillsboro Stadium

Historic Places

  • Old Scotch Church features unique architecture
  • Imbrie Farm resembles an Italian Villa
  • Harold Wass Ray House
  • Historic Washington County Courthouse
  • Zula Linklater House
  • Manning-Kamma Farm includes numerous historic buildings
  • Rice Gates House
  • Edward Schulmerich House


Visitors enjoy touring the local wineries including Oak Knoll Winery, Gypsy Dancer Estates Winery and Raptor Ridge. Pinot Noir is one of the area's specialties. There are numerous golf courses in the area including Meriwether National Golf Club, the Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club and the Rock Creek Country Club. The Oregon Coast is approximately an hour away.

The city has 21 parks. The Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center is popular with residents. The Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is a notable area for bird watching, including opportunities to see Buffleheads, Tundra Swans, Canada Geese, woodpeckers, herons, red-tailed hawks and a variety of wildlife.


The city is home to the Hillsboro Airport, which primarily serves private planes and corporate flights. Bus and light rail services are available. The light rail offers transportation to Portland.

Higher Education

Oregon Health & Science University is located in Hillsboro.


Total Population 97,751
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 9.1%
Employed Population 16+ 48,267
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 53.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.7%
Median Earnings25+ $40,232
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,827
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,548


Median Family Income $74,138
% Above Poverty Level 86.4%
% Below Poverty Level 13.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation 6.6%


People Living Alone 24.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,128
Median House Value $240,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 9%
Irish 8.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hillsboro Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 15 miles W of Portland, Oregon
County Washington
Standard Zip Codes 97006, 97123, 97124
Phone Area Codes 503
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.523
Longitude -122.988

Hillsboro Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.5 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 55 to 80 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38.1 inches
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 46 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 54 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Distance 19.3 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Hillsboro, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Helvetia (97124)

Orenco (97123, 97124)

Scholls (97123)

West Union (97124)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Banks 1,580 $83,304
Beaverton 93,919 $74,351
Cornelius 12,186 $55,757
Forest Grove 22,823 $57,648
King City 3,464 $67,147
North Plains 1,945 $80,125

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hillsboro Public Libraries

Hillsboro Public Library
Hillsboro, Oregon
(503) 615-6500
Washington County Cooperative Library Service
"111 NE LINCOLN ST., MS# 58"
Hillsboro, Oregon
(503) 846-3222
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Hillsboro Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(503) 681-1111
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 24.2

Serves 1,516 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.1

Serves 1,438 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.7

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