Seven miles west of Downtown Pittsburgh, you’ll find historic Victorian homes, boutiques, a community farm and a 10.73-acre park — all within the borough of Crafton.
Stats (via Niche)
- Population: 5,899
- Size: 1.14 sq. miles
- Medium Rent: $749
- Medium Home Value: $117,220
Crafton was incorporated in 1892 and today nearly 6,000 people call the 1.14 square-mile borough home. They enjoy an impressive array of attractions and services, including a community farm (established in 2015), a public swimming pool and a community center. Crafton Park is particularly beloved for its bocce ball court, ball fields, playground and summer concert series.
Factor in Crafton Elementary School, with its above average test scores, and it’s no surprise that many young families choose to reside in this welcoming borough. They showcase their community pride every summer during the aptly named Crafton Celebrates, a five-day festival that kicks off with a parade.
You’ll find plenty of quirky goods and tasty food in this tight-knit borough. People of all ages and appetites dine at the popular, authentic Italian restaurant, Sarafino’s.
Other food options include Crafton Ice Cream Delite, Hanlon’s Cafe & Catering and Big Daddy’s Donuts. Adults can also savor the offerings at D & O Wine Cellars, Crafton Beverage Center and the Circle Inn bar.
Along with Giant Eagle, grocery shoppers in Crafton will find Save-A-Lot and Market Fresh Meats located within the recently remodeled Crafton Ingram Shopping Center. The center also includes Crafton Ingram Lanes and Wright’s Gym known for classes in Krav Maga, jiu-jitsu and other self-defense techniques.
A few walkable blocks away, you’ll find several charming businesses with bright interiors and friendly staff. Sisters Floral Design is a custom florist indeed owned by sisters, and Better Than Honey and Lynn & Barrett are women’s clothing boutiques that also sell their collections online.
Crafton borders six other communities: Ingram to the north, Crafton Heights to the northeast, Westwood to the east, Oakwood and East Carnegie to the south and Fairywood to the northwest.
Former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher was born and raised in Crafton.
Crafton was incorporated in 1892 thanks to the Craft family. The state of Pennsylvania awarded James S. Craft, a frontier attorney, a land grant after he completed his education. Craft then sold the property, which eventually became Oakland, and used the earnings to purchase additional nearby land, which his son Charles Craft divided into lots and submitted to the Allegheny Courthouse with the name Crafton.
Crafton was named the “Best Place to Raise Kids in Pennsylvania” by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2011.
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