Cranford is home to more than 24,000 people who enjoy its many parks, recreational facilities, shopping areas and highly regarded schools. It is strategically located in the heart of Union County.
The Township, located in the heart of Union County, was incorporated in 1871, formed from portions of the Townships of Clark, Linden, Springfield, Union and Westfield. Through the years the business district and neighborhoods sprang up around the train station and the Rahway River. Today, the downtown, the river, and the train station remain valued amenities to more than 22,000 residents in the four square mile township.
Commute to New York City
The Township is served by the NJ Transit bus and Raritan Valley train line making it desirable for outbound and inbound commuters. By 1885, there were 76 residents commuting daily from Cranford to New York City. Today, over 1,000 people take the train every day from Cranford’s Train Station.
Established in 1871, Cranford is 4.8 square miles of neighborhoods and historic homes along the Rahway River, some dating back to the late 1800s.
Township residents and visitors can enjoy the many programs at Community Center, Public Library, parks, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools or canoeing on the river. These are just some of the reasons Cranford is routinely rated in the Top 50 Best Places to Live in NJ and to raise a family.
Cranford Public Schools, a K-12 program, offer innovative programs and consistently receive high rankings both nationally and at the State. The town is also home to Union County College main campus.
The town also has a strong commercial base. Downtown Cranford, a popular walkable downtwonw, is well known for its restaurants, specialty shops and has seen tremendous investment and growth in recent years with several Transit-Oriented Development projects. Smaller neighborhood shopping areas, like Centennial Village, are also revitalized with new restaurants and businesses. The Cranford Business Park, with easy access to the Garden State Parkway, major roads and Newark Airport, is home to several well-known national corporations.