Bloomberg Names Cranberry One of Best Places to Raise a Family

The township tops the list for Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Rankings named the best places in each state to raise a family.

Topping the list for 2013 in Pennsylvania was, you guessed it, Cranberry Township.

Cranberry manager Jerry Andree said township officials were excited by the designation.

“It’s a major validation of our public policies that we’ve been implementing for a number of years,” he said. “We want this to be the best place to live.”

When ranking the communities, Bloomberg took into account public school performance, safety, housing costs, commute time, poverty, adults’ educational attainment, share of households with children, and diversity.

To gauge the local job market, Bloomberg also weighed median income and unemployment rates.

Cranberry was chosen in part for its vibrant economy. The article specifically mentioned Verizon, Alcoa and Westinghouse, which is headquartered in the township.

“Cranberry has a public golf course and a water park, charming even the most committed urban émigrés from Pittsburgh,” the article said.

Andree credited planning for the township’s long-term future as key to the community’s success. It wasn’t always that way. Back in the early 1990s, Cranberry, once a quiet, rural community, was starting to grow in a haphazard way, he said.

Setting a course for major change, the township’s board of supervisors implemented a plan mapping out the community’s future, including many of the parks and recreation activities residents enjoy today, Andree said.

Cranberry also put into place a streetscape enhancement ordinance, which requires builders to add extensive landscaping, sidewalks, streetlights and benches to new developments in the community.

Andree said the area’s amenities are what helped attract major employers, including Westinghouse and Mine Safety Appliances, to the area. Both are located in the Cranberry Woods business park, which Andree described as a “world-class” office park.

“We’ve always said that if we create a great place to live, major employers will want to come to the place where the people want to live,” he said. 

Bloomberg examined more than 3,200 places nationwide with populations from 5,000 to 50,000 when creating the rankings. Also making the list were Solon, Ohio (near Cleveland) and Norwood, N.J. For all the rankings, click here.

What do you think? What are some of the amenities that helped attract you to Cranberry? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Janet Butler December 20, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I love the diversity of the rural parts of Cranberry with the farms and older homes that have been here a long time, as well as the newer subdivisions, and all the retail we have right here in Cranberry. Also very convenient having easy access to the interstate and turnpike.
Dweezer December 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM
And, in my opinion, Daryl Metcalfe has done nothing to contribute to this honor. However, many thanks to all who DO work so hard to make Cranberry such a wonderful place to work and hangout!
1 innocentbystander December 21, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Janet Butler December 22, 2012 at 02:46 AM
I had an email notification of a comment that is not on here that I thought was interesting. Don't know what happened to it, but here it is: Bethany TeDesco Parrish commented on Bloomberg Names Cranberry One of Best Places to Raise a Family, which you are following. "I am of Cranberry Township. Born, raised and am currently raising my own family here. I could not agree more with the article in regards to Cranberry Township being a great place to raise children. However I think the article missed a key component to explaining the development of the area. It is a shame the men that are truly responsible for laying the ground work for how Cranberry has developed were not mentioned. Men like Howard Reed and Frank Patrone who spearheaded the first zoning ordinances in 1968 and Allan TeDesco who was the first township manager who spent his entire career with the township making sure development did not get out of control. I think the patch would be remiss to believe that development was out of control until the 90s . It is simply not true. I think it’s a true disservice to these men and the others who put so much of their time, and effort into laying the foundation for a truly special community."


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