Butler County has grown rapidly in the last decade thanks to a diverse economic base with strengths in information technology, manufacturing and health services. Cranberry, in particular, is home to MSA, Westinghouse Electric Co., McKesson, part of Alcoa's building and construction services division and a Verizon call center, as well as many national retailers. It's become one of the fastest-developing communities in Northeastern U.S., popular with those favoring newer homes in a community convenient to PIttsburgh but with lower property taxes.
In 2012 the town of Butler was voted the Seventh Best Small Town in America by Smithsonian Magazine, while Cranberry Township was voted Best Place to Raise Kids in Pennsylvania by Bloomberg Business Week.
Butler County enjoys easy access from Interstates 79, 80, the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) and Routes 422, 19 and 8. There's plenty to do, from exploring museums and art galleries to enjoying the scenery of the parks and rolling countryside. Relax at a spa, hit the numerous golfing greens or do a wine tasting.
Many of the towns hold rich German history; including Harmony, founded in 1804 by Lutheran separatists seeking religious freedom, and Saxonberg, which still maintains the architectural charm of a quaint hamlet. Saxonberg was co-founded by John Roebling who also invented wire rope and designed the Brooklyn Bridge.
Combining history and art, the Maridon Museum displays ancient Asian art and German Meissen porcelain. But one of the best things to do in Butler County is to get out. The county is home to Moraine State Park, where just about any outdoor activity is possible, from geocaching to horseback riding to ice fishing. There are plenty of other parks and trails for hiking, biking and wildlife watching; and Butler County is home to the only protected prairie in southwestern Pennsylvania.
“We can really see a difference in the quality of the schools here. Our kids do more in a day than they did in a week before.”