Hillsboro is an exciting part of the Greater Portland area that offers a wide array of recreational, educational, career, and cultural opportunities. If you are thinking of moving to Hillsboro, you are making a great decision! It is more than a bedroom community or a suburb, as it is home to major corporations, but it also maintains a quiet, suburban repose that will offer peace and quiet when you arrive home from work. It is convenient to a full range of outdoor opportunities which can keep you and your family occupied all year-round.
Intel has a major plant here in Hillsboro where they create silicon wafers to power the world’s most powerful computers. The Intel campus offers over 16,000 people work every single day. TriQuint Semiconductor is also in Hillsboro, employing 982 persons, and Lattice Semiconductor is here, too. So, if you’re interested in computer hardware, Hillsboro is the place. New software companies like SalesForce are also making their home in Hillsboro.
The area is colloquially known as the Silicon Forest, a play on Silicon Valley down in the Bay Area, and there are tons of software companies sprouting up to prove that true. Local computer geniuses created a new crytpocurrency, Dogecoin, and the fertile creative environment keeps producing cutting edge applications every day.
When it is time to get the kids off to school, they will not have to go far. The area public K-12 system is incredible. Then, when the time comes, there are a plethora of great colleges to choose from. Portland is home to Portland State University, which has a full range of graduate and undergraduate programs. They are working hard to keep Portland at the forefront of social and technological innovation. Reed College offers an Ivy League caliber education on a small campus in Southeast Portland, and nearby Lewis and Clark University continually produces some of the area’s finest minds. Add to this University of Portland in North Portland, Marylhurst University, and the mind-blowing community college system and you have a recipe for a world-class brain trust.
When you and the family are ready to get out for a weekend adventure, you do not have to look far. The ocean is less than a two-hour drive to the west, and Mount Hood is about the same distance to the east. Mount Hood offers year-round activities, from skiing and snowboarding in winter, to hiking, swimming, hunting, and fishing in the spring and summer. There are simply too many campgrounds nearby to count, but you might start with Stubb Stewart State Park or the Tillamook Forest. If you want to explore the high desert, Bend is about three hours away and there you will find winter skiing and scads of other outdoor activities year-around.
Hillsboro is a great town in a great part of the country. Welcome home!