Introduction to Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in Cambria county, is 57 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city is home to some 23,906 residents.

Johnstown History

The earliest settlers arrived in in 1770. Johnstown was originally organized as a town by a Swiss German immigrant, Joseph Johns or Josef Schantz in 1800. The community was also named after him. The settlement was known as Schantzstadt at that time, but it was later anglicized into Johnstown. This region is remembered for the three floods it suffered in 1889, 1936 and 1977.

Johnstown and Nearby Attractions

  • Johnstown Flood Museum
  • Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
  • DelGrosso's Amusement Park
  • Johnstown Inclined Plane
  • Blue Knob State Park
  • Marcia Ponas Doll Museum

Things To Do In Johnstown

Johnstown houses numerous museums namely, Johnstown Flood Museum, Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Portage Station Museum and Windber Coal Heritage Center. There are also several historic sites including Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Holsopple Train Station, and Johnstown Flood National Memorial. Local parks include Blue Knob State Park, Kooser State Park, and Laurel Mountain State Park. The world's steepest vehicular inclined slope is in Johnston. The city provides opportunities for shopping, entertainment, family activities, and spectator sports.

Johnstown Transportation

Pittsburgh International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Johnstown Higher Education

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Cambria County Area Community College are the local colleges.


Total Population 20,369
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 18%
Employed Population 16+ 6,617
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 32.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.6%
Median Earnings25+ $21,568
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,347
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,528


Median Family Income $32,047
% Above Poverty Level 64.9%
% Below Poverty Level 35.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6%
% Using Public Transportation 6%


People Living Alone 44.2%
Median Gross Rent $464
Median House Value $43,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.1%
US/American 0%
English 5%
Irish 15%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Johnstown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 57 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Cambria
Metro Area Johnstown
Standard Zip Codes 15901, 15902, 15904, 15905, 15906, 15909, 15915, 15945
P.O. Box Zip Codes 15907
Phone Area Codes 814
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.326
Longitude -78.922

Johnstown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.5 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 39 to 64 F
Jul Temp 61 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 47.6 inches
Distance 13.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 60 F
Jul Temp 56 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
Distance 15.7 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 41.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Johnstown, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Conemaugh (15909)

Parkhill (15945)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ehrenfeld 211 $55,000

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Johnstown Public Libraries

Cambria County Library System
248 MAIN ST.
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
(814) 536-5131
Library Web Site
Highland Community Library
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
(814) 266-5610
Library Web Site

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Johnstown Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(814) 533-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Johnstown High Schools

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Serves 1,164 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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