Crawford County (population 92,000) situated in northwest Pennsylvania was founded in 1800. Named for Colonel William Crawford - a soldier, surveyor, farmer and life-long friend of George Washington - Crawford County reflects the rich rural traditions of its diverse settlers and first inhabitants. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the treasures of Crawford County year-round.
Covering an area of 1013 square miles, Crawford County is largely agricultural, with a strong industrial base of tool and plastics manufacturers centered in the Meadville area. A solid base of goods and service-oriented businesses is complemented by a flourishing tourism industry based on Crawford County's natural beauty and the environmental health of the region. Our communities share a rich and varied cultural life linked by country roads, railroads and scenic trails.
Due to its unique geological history, Crawford County's landscape is unique in its variety. The terrain changes from plains and broad low valleys in the west to near-mountainous features in the east. In between is a vast area of rolling hills, clean streams, glacial lakes and marshes. French Creek, one of the world's most biologically diverse streams, runs through our county. Also calling Crawford County home is the 8,777-acre Erie National Wildlife Refuge - one of only two in the entire commonwealth.