Cranberry Township is a suburb of Pittsburgh in Butler County, Pennsylvania. This quaint residential city has large natural areas, wooded hiking trails, and golf courses that are popular among active adults. Besides this, retirees enjoy the area's farmers market, shopping center, and historic society.
Climate & Geography
Cranberry Township experiences a humid continental climate characterized by cold winters and hot summers. Residents can 39 inches of rain, 29 inches of snow, and about 160 sunny days each year.
Located in Butler County, Cranberry Township is on the Allegheny Plateau north of the Appalachian Mountains. The area is surrounded by small rivers and creeks, and the Ohio River is directly west of the township.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Outdoor recreation in Cranberry Township includes walking through the wooded trails of Cranberry Township Community Park and enjoying the baseball fields at Graham Park. Just outside the township, North Park and Latodami Nature Center are expansive natural areas with even more trails and activities. Active adults can also golf at the Cranberry Highlands Golf Course.
Residents enjoy shopping at brand-name stores at the Cranberry Mall and heading to local boutiques throughout the area. The Butler County Farmers Market is hosted in Cranberry Township, and the Cranberry Township Historical Society hosts lectures and educational events.
For more entertainment, residents can head a half-hour to Pittsburgh.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Cranberry Township is higher than average because of high housing costs. Transportation and grocery costs are also above average.
Pennsylvania exempts all forms of retirement income from taxation for retirees over 60. This includes Social Security benefits, 401(k)s, IRAs, and pensions. Property taxes are high, but the state offers a rebate program to qualifying retirees. Sales taxes are average, and prescription medicine and groceries are exempt.
The Pittsburgh metro area ranks in the top 80 communities on Gallup's Well-Being Index.
Residents of Cranberry Township have access to several hospitals that are rated high performing by U.S. News. These include UPMC Passavant, Heritage Valley Health System-Beaver, and Butler Health System-Butler Memorial Hospital. Nearby Pittsburgh also has the nationally ranked UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, which is the No. 15 hospital in the country.