For most of its 230-year history, Peters Township was a small town with family farms dotting its hilly landscape. Just over the Allegheny-Washington county line, its large homes and low tax rates began making Peters a popular suburban destination beginning in the 1990s. Some of the farms are still there, and in fact, have become popular for school field trips, family pumpkin patch outings and shopping in the fruit, flower and vegetable markets.
Even with the rapid development of new homes and the bustling Route 19 business and shopping corridor on the west side of town, residents are careful to develop land with an eye to the future. A town zoning council is working toward preserving some areas for downsized housing, to enable residents to retire there once they've reached the empty-nest stage.
Preserving and enjoying the natural environment is also important to the residents. Nearby Canonsburg Lake, the Peters cycling and biking trail and several golf courses provide plenty of outdoor opportunity. Peterswood Park is 90+ acres of ballfields, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, an outdoor amphitheater and an indoor recreation center.
With so many families, youth sports leagues for football, basketball, soccer, baseball and lacrosse as well as high school sports dominate community activity. Peters Township School District is one of the largest in southwestern Pennsylvania.