Hillsboro, Oregon is considered a suburb of Portland. It’s a medium-sized town with a population just under 100,000. Despite it’s size, it is full of high-tech companies like Intel. The proliferation of high-tech companies has given rise to the region’s nickname, the Silicon Forest.
If you are moving to Hillsboro, we have five tips for you and your families on how to best enjoy your new home.
The #46 bus can take you around town. The bus hits major stops such as the Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport, the Main Library, and the Hillsboro Central/ 3rd avenue Transit Center. The #46 passes Glencoe High School and makes stops near the Washington County Courthouse. For those who want to get around town while reading a book or organizing their day on a smart phone, the Trimet bus is the way to go.
MAX Light Rail
The MAX light rail system will take you to downtown Portland and even all the way to the airport. Some opt for a hybrid transportation schedule where a friend drives them to a MAX stop. The Blue Line serves Hillsboro and its far eastern terminal is in Gresham. Those headed to the airport will want to transfer to the Red Line in nearby Beaverton. If you’re moving to Hillsboro, keep this convenient option in mind for out-of-town visitors.
There are many moving companies that service the Hillsboro area, and around Oregon, including U-Haul for do-it-yourselfers. Make sure to find one with a qualified group running the show. Call them for an estimate and assess their level of professionalism. There are too many fly-by-night companies out there, so seek out the company with the most experience and best reputation. Priority Moving is the only Licensed and Insured moving company located in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Getting around Hillsboro isn’t too difficult, but you may want to have a map handy. A good paper map can help you and your family explore the area without having to hover around a small smart phone or computer screen.
The main Freeway that services Hillsboro is OR-26 also known as Sunset Highway. Heading East, it takes motorists into Portland and to Mount Hood. When driven to the west, it ends at the 101 , the famous coastal highway. 101 will take you to Seaside, OR and Canon Beach, which is home to iconic Haystack Rock. Highway 26 West also intersects with Highway 6 taking you into the town or Tillamook OR and other towns along the Oregon Coast. Highway 6 follows the Wilson River, which is a popular spot for local fishermen and sightseeing.
Other main highways are Highway 8 and Highway 10. Highway 8 starts in Portland as Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and turns into Farmington road in Beaverton continuing all the way to Hillsboro OR. Highway 10 starts in Portland as Canyon Rd, turning into Tualatin Valley Highway (also known as TV Highway) in Beaverton OR and continuing to Hillsboro where it turns into 10th Ave.
Another main road that is traveled by tens of thousands of commuters is Cornell Road which starts in Portland and continues to Downtown Hillsboro where it turns into 10th Ave. Cornell road passes through several of the main housing developments in Hillsboro OR including the Streets of Tanasbourne and the Bethany Area of Portland OR.