Hillsboro ranked 29th best place to live in U.S.
There's nothing like a little national recognition to keep residents of a city proud of where they live.
The digital publication Money.com, formerly Money magazine, has named Hillsboro as one of its best places to live in the United States.
The annual rankings came out Tuesday, Sept. 22, and Hillsboro placed No. 29 on the top-50 list.
To create the rankings, Money looked at cities with a population of at least 25,000. The publication removed any places with more than double the national crime rate, a median income level lower than 85% of the state median, or those with little to no ethnic diversity. The process yielded a list of 1,890 places.
Money and a research partner then collected 212,000 different data points for the cities, considering economic factors such as employment opportunities as well as housing, cost of living, diversity, health and safety, education, weather and lifestyle, and amenities — both for safety and entertainment.
Money then researched every location to check if the statistics were a true representation of each place and whether other negative factors were present, according to Sam Klau, outreach manager for Money.
Money also incorporated filters to flag cities that fell short of standards in key areas such as unemployment (measured on a county-wide basis), housing distress as a result of COVID-19 economic disruptions and diversity.
Selected places were limited to one city per county and two places per state. States with fewer than 40 people per square mile were only featured once.
"We're delighted to be included in the top 50 cities, to be at No. 29 and to be the only city mentioned in the Northwest," said Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway. "I think what gives me particular pride is when I look at what it is they gave the greatest emphasis to, which is housing, cost of living, but also diversity, health, safety and education. Our diversity is truly one of those things that is a strength and brings such richness and quality to our city."
Money wrote that Hillsboro is "situated in the heart of Oregon's 'Silicon Forest'" and home to technology firms including IBM, Intel, Oracle and Salesforce, adding "it's no surprise employment has grown 10% since 2015."
"Hillsboro's not all business, though," Money continued. "The community has several breweries, including Vertigo, Ambacht, 3 Mugs and Deep Space, and a number of sprawling vineyards and wineries, too. You can book a vineyard tour and wine tasting at Helvetia Winery for just $20. Reviewers seem to like the pinot noir, if you need a recommendation.
"If you're looking for something more active, hike the trails at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve or hit up the Orchard Park disc golf course with friends. Both are free of charge (though donations are encouraged at the former)."
Hillsboro was the only Oregon city selected on the list this year.
Two years ago, Hillsboro was selected as No. 39 out of 50 on the list.
That year, Money wrote, "Activity options on a given day might include the symphony, a baseball game, a 60-voice choir performance, an air show, the county fair, or a wine tasting. No need to leave town for any of it."
Last year, Hillsboro was left off Money's "100 Best Places to Live" list while four other places in the state, including Portland's Pearl District, Bend, Beaverton and Salem, made the list.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.