The 5th largest city in the State of Oregon, Hillsboro is in the Tualatin Valley on the west side of the Portland metropolitan area. Home to numerous high-tech companies such as Intel, and biotech or medical companies like Acumed and FEI Company, the city has become known as "Silicon Forest". Hillsboro has 3 fibre optic cable systems linking the United States across the Pacific Ocean that allow for lower energy costs and tax breaks for data centres that include Adobe, NetApp, Fortune Data Centers and OHSU. Named as one of the best places to live with populations between 50,000 and 300,000, Hillsboro's population of 91,611 souls live in a city overflowing with historical sites from its Old Scotch Church (1876) where you can say a little prayer for the success of your startup on the way to your coworking venue to numerous houses plus the Old Washington County Jail.
Portland is a quirky city known for its vegan movements and rapidly transforming tech hub with many tech savvy individuals and entrepreneurs calling it home. Very different to San Francisco, Portland has plenty of established entrepreneurial leaders within its midst and software companies such as Cloudability and Indo Windows to name a few. Portland is also home to the State University Center for Entrepreneurship that is spewing out startup hungry minds making it one of the hottest destinations for tech geeks. It has a vibrant startup scene, plenty of angel investors and major courses for students to attend to get them up and running in the tech domain.
Startup neighbourhood cities are becoming the focus and the domain of these brave souls where they can hang out in collaborative bliss in one of the many coworking venues popping up about town.