About 35 miles north of Pittsburgh lies the nationally recognized small town community of Butler, Pennsylvania. Named by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the top ten best small towns in America, this township hearkens back to a simpler time, when residents knew each other well and always lent a helping hand.
Known as the birthplace of the Jeep, Butler has a strong history of manufacturing that dates back to the early 1800s. Some of that industry still exists today, whereas in many neighboring communities around Pittsburgh it has gone by the wayside.
From its oil refining roots to the present-day Marcellus Shale boom, from automotive and railroad car manufacturing in the past to the headquarters of Westinghouse Nuclear today, Butler County is and has always been the industrial hub of the area.
And as a credited main street community, with a county courthouse at its center, citizens of Butler enjoy the downtown area as a thriving center of life. With a main street filled with restaurants and shops, there is plenty to do downtown.
As for its residences, there are plenty of options for people who would like to call this town home. The streets leading into downtown Butler are filled with quaint, historic Victorian homes. Farther out from the center of town, you can find traditional developments with single family homes from the modest to the upscale. Regardless of price range, there is something for everyone in Butler.
So, if you are looking for a place that exudes old township charms, where people still walk to work and say hello to their neighbors, then Butler might be worth a visit.