Located in Washington County
, 20 minutes west of Portland
near the Columbia River
, Hillsboro is nestled in the Tualatin Valley, halfway between the Pacific Ocean
and the Cascade Mountains
Hillsboro, founded in 1842, was home for several of the settlers who helped establish a civil government for the Oregon Territory. This community was also incorporated in 1876. The town has grown from a small farming community and government center into a modern city of 70,000 residents.
Railroads once crisscrossed western Oregon in the 1870s. Besides making it possible for the exchange of durable goods and materials, railroads brought a second wave of immigrants-Dutch, Swiss, Germans and Scandinavians-who settled on farms in the valley.
Hillsboro is known mostly as a center for high-tech industries; Although, produces thousands of gallons of berry and fruit wines annually.
There is also a Hillsboro, North Dakota.
Hillsboro is part of the Portland-Vancouver, Oregon-WA metro area.