|The Cresson Area sits atop the Allegheny Highlands in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. It is intersected by Pa route 53 and us route 22. The area is located between Altoona to the east and Johnstown to the Southwest.|
The Cresson Area consists of the communities of Cresson Borough, Cresson Township and Sankertown Borough. Surrounding communities include the boroughs of Ashville, Gallitzin, Lilly, Loretto and Tunnelhill. Surrounding townships include Allegheny, Dean, Gallitzin, Munster and Washington.
These communities make up the Penn Cambria School District.
The area was first settled by farmers who were followed by railroaders and coal miners. Today the Cresson Area is a residential community served by small businesses, light industry and farming. The area is also home to two colleges and a Federal prison.