Crieff (population 7,368) is the largest town in the locality. The town is popular with tourists, and offers attractions such as the Caithness glass factory, Crieff Hydro and Glenturret Distillery. Crieff Community Trust are leading on The Community Action plan, which is currently being refreshed, it is intended to provide cohesive strategy and co-ordination for existing community groups, to increase their effectiveness through working in partnership. The Strathearn Community Campus is based here and is home to a Live Active Leisure facility, a Library, adult and community venues.
Auchterarder (population 4,206) is the second largest town in the locality, and is located next to the Gleneagles Hotel and Golf Course. Friends of Aytoun Hall manage the hall which is used by numerous community groups. There is an Auchterarder and District Community Trust which received funding from a nearby windfarm development, the trusts funds many local projects in the Community Council area of Auchterarder. The town also has a Common Good fund.
Comrie (population 1,927) is a conservation village. The community is very active with around 50 community groups. The Comrie Development Trust plays an active role in developing the village including buying the Cultybraggan ex-army camp in 2007 to develop business space and other community assets. The White Church in the centre of the town is a locally owned community centre. The town has bought a mini-bus which operates its own public transport to various places nearby. The town has a community market garden which grows many fruits and vegetables. The Comrie Fortnight is an annual festival held in the village annually on the last week in July and the first week in August. The traditional has evolved over the years and the festival now runs a whole range of activities from competitions to outings, from dances to the parade ensure that there is something to suit everybody. The final day of the Fortnight consists of a float parade through the village to the Laggan Park where an afternoon of fun events takes place
Dunning is also a conservation village, and is home to a population of 942 people. The village has a caravan park and is popular with tourists.
Blackford (population 754) sits to the West of Auchterarder. The village is known for its bottled water industry. The town has a trust fund managed by the Scottish Community Foundation which helps administers local grants through a committee of local representatives.
The village of Braco has an active community. The community run Braco Hall which host a number of groups for locals. The village has a trust fund that administers grants from windfarm money.
Muthill (675 pop) the community are currently building a cycle/walking path to Crieff so people have an alternative way to get into the town for school and accessing services.
There are many other small villages throughout the locality.
Add in Strathearn Network & Auchterarder Network bring together representatives of community groups, and statutory agencies to share information and identify issues in the local areas