Moving to Portland
Living in the Metro Area
The Oregon National Primate Research Center is located in Hillsboro, on the West Campus of Oregon Health & Science University. Its sylvan surroundings is also home to OHSU's Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute. The West Campus is in the heart of what is often referred to as "Silicon Forest" for its continuing growth in the area of high technology. The area enjoys a healthy economy linked directly to a diverse industrial base that includes electronic industry leaders such as Intel and Tektronix. The research-friendly environment is also home to the international headquarters of Nike, Inc.
A Quality of Life
Portland, it offers all the benefits of a large and vibrant city. A mild climate and proximity to the Columbia Gorge, the Cascade mountains and the scenic coast make the region a paradise for outdoor recreation and travel.
Washington County residents are the youngest, most affluent, and best educated in Oregon. They send their children to excellent schools, both public and private. The metropolitan area is home to several public and private universities and colleges offering diverse academic programs--the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Linfield College, Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, the University of Portland and Pacific University.
Many center employees live in suburbs close to the campus, where affordable apartments, rentals and homes may be found. Others, opting for the cultural advantages of a large city, commute from Portland. Some, who prefer the countryside and small towns, commute from rural Washington County sites within a 20-mile radius of the campus. Housing opportunities are listed in The Oregonian.
The West Campus is about 30 minutes by car from the main OHSU campus in Portland. It enjoys easy access to MAX, the regional light rail connecting Portland and Hillsboro. An OHSU van shuttles commuters during peak hours to the Willow Creek transit station.