Welcome to "Crane's Ford"
First settled in the 1720s, Cranford takes its name from “Crane’s Ford,” an 18th-century crossing place on the Rahway River. The Township of Cranford was incorporated in 1871. Today, Cranford is primarily a residential suburban community of 23,000 persons mainly in the middle-income range with many in management and professions. Eighty percent of the 8,300 housing units in Cranford are single-family homes.
In 1985 Cranford became the first community in New Jersey to create a Special Improvement District (SID) to revitalize its central retail area. Cranford’s Downtown District Management Corporation has created an attractive Victorian ambiance for the many interesting shops. The business park contains nearly one million square feet of office space with additional light industry and offices in other zoned areas.
Cranford is home to a highly regarded public school system, two parochial schools and the 48-acre main campus of Union County College.
Cranford has its own cable-TV station, a dramatic club with its own theater, and more community service organizations and clubs than any other town of its size in New Jersey. Visitors and residents are encouraged to explore all that makes this town a great place to call home.