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Hillsboro, Oregon

Hillsboro is a city located in Washington County, Oregon. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 70,186. It is the county seat of Washington County6.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Geography
3 Economy
4 Demographics
5 Colleges/Universities
6 Notable Hillsboro residents
7 Sister city


The city was founded by David Hill in the middle of the 19th century. It went by two other names -- East Tualatin Plains and Columbia -- before the name was changed to Hillsborough (in honor of Hill) in the 1850s and then later became Hillsboro. It incorporated in 1876.


Hillsboro is located at 45°31'26" North, 122°56'34" West (45.523776, -122.942865)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 55.9 km² (21.6 mi²). 55.9 km² (21.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.05% is water.

Hillsboro is located in the Tualatin Valley, and the Tualatin River forms part of the southern city limits. The geography of that area is fairly flat. Hillsboro is about 15 miles to the east of Portland, Oregon, with Beaverton, Oregon located in the intervening area.


Many high-tech companies operate in Hillsboro. In particular, Intel's largest site is Hillsboro. Sun Microsystems High-End Operations is headquartered in Hillsboro. Fujitsu, Tektronik, Epson, and NEC also have factories there.


As of the
census of 2000, there are 70,186 people, 25,079 households, and 17,078 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,256.3/km² (3,253.8/mi²). There are 27,211 housing units at an average density of 487.1/km² (1,261.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 77.50% White, 1.22% African American, 0.82% Native American, 6.53% Asian, 0.25% Pacific Islander, 10.38% from other races, and 3.30% from two or more races. 18.90% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 25,079 households out of which 37.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% are married couples living together, 9.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% are non-families. 23.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.76 and the average family size is 3.28.

In the city the population is spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 37.0% from 25 to 44, 17.0% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 30 years. For every 100 females there are 105.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 105.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $51,737, and the median income for a family is $57,379. Males have a median income of $41,046 versus $30,172 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,680. 9.2% of the population and 6.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 10.9% are under the age of 18 and 7.2% are 65 or older.


Notable Hillsboro residents

Sister city

Hillsboro's sister city is Fukuroi, Japan.