CRANBERRY TWP — A national business publication has named Cranberry Township the best town in all of Pennsylvania to raise a family.
The list of communities was released Wednesday by Bloomburg Businessweek.
“Cranberry, as the locals call it, is no longer merely a bedroom community for Pittsburgh. The town’s economy is buoyed by such companies as Westinghouse, Alcoa and Verizon, which have operations in the town. Cranberry has a public golf course and a water park, charming even to the most committed urban émigrés from Pittsburgh,” the article said.
Businessweek had teamed up with Bloomberg Rankings to evaluate more than 3,200 places nationwide with populations between 5,000 and 50,000.
Bruce Mazzoni, chairman of Cranberry’s board of supervisors, said the township is honored to be recognized by a national publication for its efforts.
“We think we’ve done a lot right to attract families, and it’s great to have that validation for things we’ve done decades in the past,” Mazzoni said. “We’re thrilled to have the recognition.”
“We’ve always known that we’re a great place to raise kids. It’s nice to have the external validation of what we always knew,” said Jerry Andree, Cranberry manager.
“This sense of place just didn’t happen overnight. It was done through deliberate public policy by the boards of supervisors over the years,” Andree said.
Public school performance and safety, the local job market, median income and county-level unemployment were looked at to determine the ranking.
“Seneca Valley is pleased to play a part in the achievement of such an honor. Cranberry Township and Seneca Valley complement one another well in that we both are progressive entities who are supportive of one other’s goals,” said Linda Andreassi, director of communications for the Seneca Valley School District.
“We work hard to be a top notch educational system and have always believed we’re an asset to this area - to have it confirmed is a tremendous validation of our efforts.”
Other factors included housing costs, commute time, poverty, adults’ educational attainment, share of households with children and diversity.
The list excluded places where the median family income exceeds $115,866, the lower limit for the wealthiest 20 percent of U.S. families.