Welcome to Cranford
The friendly New Jersey township of Cranford is a lively, small town located in Union County with great areas for socializing and having fun. It's also conveniently located near other popular towns and a quick train ride to New York City. Known for being a walkable town and having kind residents who look out for each other, Cranford is a family-oriented place that you’ll love to raise your kids in.
Once you live in Cranford, you’ll find it very difficult to leave. The township offers its residents highly-reviewed restaurants, beautiful parks that change throughout the seasons, and other fun activities for parents and children. The city's residents live in moderately warm air during the summer months and cool to cold days during the winter. The 4.87 square-mile town is perfect for those looking to embrace its culture.
What to Love
- Close to NYC and Jersey Shore
- Great downtown area and schools
- Community-based town
People and Lifestyle
Cranford is a small town with a big heart, perfect for those seeking a neighborhood to raise children and be involved in local activities—like fundraisers, street fairs, and block parties. The town has been rated as one of the best towns to call home in the state of New Jersey. Residents tend to be young professionals and parents, but the area is also great for anyone who loves or would like to experience a community-focused town.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
The city may be small, but there are plenty of places to experience and ways to spend time with loved ones. The area offers eateries and bars, nature and wildlife areas, and small mom-and-pop shops.
Things to Do
Other than dining and heading to a theater, Cranford residents make the most out of their days by participating in friendly outdoor activities such as walking parks and trails, relaxing by the local river, tennis, scouts, arts and crafts, and an amazing library.
is a local favorite that is great for short strolls around the perimeter, scenic areas perfect for photography, and seasonal festivities. Nomahegan Park
, much larger than Hanson, offers the Rahway River and Nomahegan Lake, scenic trails, and sports fields.
Cranford hosts the Scarecrow Stroll
during October, an annual fall-themed celebration that spans the two weeks before Halloween. If you enjoy gazing at the night sky, the William Miller Sperry Observatory
offers a great atmosphere for families interested in space.
Cranford has schooling systems in place to help children and teenagers in all grades. These schools are:
- Hillside Ave School, grades K-8
- Cranford Sr. High School, grades 9-12