Founded in 1804 and named for the wild berries that once grew in marshy areas along Brush Creek, Cranberry Township today is a fast-growing suburb of professionals and young families. Its original one-room schoolhouse is still standing, a quaint contrast to the well-regarded Seneca Valley School District that serves students from Cranberry and surrounding areas.
Cranberry's residents are relatively young, with an average age of 38, and many are raising growing families, although a recent condo and townhome surge reflects the increasing number of smaller households. Situated in Butler County, just 20 miles north of downtown Pittsburgh and close to Interstate 79 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Cranberry provides easy access for employees of the global companies and technology startups in the four major industrial, business and technology parks. Cranberry 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.
The township's amenities include six community parks, including a skate park, a water park, a dog park, a golf course and active youth sports leagues, including football, soccer, baseball and lacrosse. The much-younger set also has a voice in government through the township's teen advisory board.
“When it came time to start a family of our own, we wanted to come back to Pittsburgh.”