Cranberry Township, with a 2018 population of 31,000, is the largest municipality in Butler County. Originally incorporated in 1804, Cranberry was primarily an agricultural community until the 1970s and ‘80s when, thanks to its location 20 miles north of Pittsburgh at the intersection of two Interstate highways, its economy and population began to soar.
Today, there are more than 1,000 businesses of every size in Cranberry. Its economic development is balanced, involving a variety of industries. Its commercial growth has been enabled by ordinances designed to implement comprehensive plans that the Township’s Board of Supervisors adopted in 1977, 1995, 2009, and 2017. There are currently around 20,500 jobs in Cranberry. Far more people commute into Cranberry for work than commute from the Township to work at jobs elsewhere.
The Township has a full-time police force of 32 officers, a volunteer fire company supported by a dedicated property tax, and an independent Emergency Medical Service organization that coordinates with the Township’s other emergency services. Cranberry is also the community’s supplier of fresh water and wastewater treatment – both of which are funded by ratepayers.
Cranberry owns, maintains and offers programs in three major municipal parks – Cranberry Park, North Boundary Park, and Graham Park – as well as an open-air waterpark, a championship disc golf course, multiple outdoor sport courts and an award-winning 18-hole municipal golf course, Cranberry Highlands. Miracle League of Southwestern Pennsylvania has a ballfield in Graham Park with an adjacent fully-accessible playground – one of three major playgrounds in Township parks. Cranberry Public Library operates out of the Township’s Municipal Center building as do its Early Education Preschool Program, its aerobics programs, and its administrative offices.