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Butler, PA

Butler is a small city with a population of about 14,000. The city is the county seat of Butler County and should not be confused with Butler Township, another municipality in the same county. Butler is located on the west side of Pennsylvania, about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh. This artsy community is home to a large number of historic buildings, many of which are very well-preserved.


Butler is not just a blue-collar or white-collar town. The city has a good mix of local and national businesses, providing jobs of all sorts. The dominant industries in Butler are health care, retail, manufacturing, hospitality and professional services.

Major employers in the area include AK Steel, Armstrong Group of Companies, Butler Memorial Hospital and Butler Health System, and Butler County Community College.

Butler has a high poverty level, with almost 20 percent of its population making less than is needed to cover basic necessities. The per capita income for the city's residents is considered lower middle class.


There are more renters in Butler than there are homeowners. About 50 percent of the housing units here are single-family homes. Almost 60 percent of the dwellings in Butler were built before 1940. The cost of living in the city is very low compared to the national average. A public bus service runs five different routes through the city, connecting residents with employers, shopping, and recreation.

Although Butler is small, there are several districts within it:


Visitors to Butler can check out these and other attractions:


Annual events in the artsy community include Ring in the Arts, in which local and regional musicians celebrate the New Year. The festivities are held downtown and in several other venues, including restaurants, shops, and art galleries.

Each summer Big Butler Fair is held just outside of town at the county's fairgrounds. The local fair includes livestock shows, exhibitions and classes—not to mention a variety of food.


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