Why Johnstown?

Johnstown, PA lies at the confluence of the Conemaugh River and Stony Creek, 76 miles (122 km) east of Pittsburgh. Johnstown is the center of a dynamic area in southwestern Pennsylvania comprised of more than 60 townships and boroughs. Johnstown offers exciting performance spaces, new breweries, and a wide variety of outdoor activities to suit the needs of just about anybody. Creative entrepreneurs are making art in collective spaces like Bottle Works, learning and teaching skills at the Center for Metal Arts, and exhibiting their work at places like ArtHouse6.

This is the next chapter of Johnstown’s story. All that’s missing is you.

Reasons To Be Here

Named one of Forbes
Magazine’s Best Small Places
for Business & Careers


Cost of living:

16% lower than

the national average


Avg. Housing Cost


A Low Cost of Living


32.8% less than

Pittsburgh, PA


34.1% less than

Philadelphia, PA


54.1% less than

Washington, DC


59% less than

New York, NY



Within 500 miles of 50% of the
US population and 60% of
Canada’s population


Pittsburgh, PA – 1h 27m

Philadelphia, PA – 4h 10m

Washington, DC – 3h 59m

New York, NY – 5h 10m

Cleveland, OH – 3h 23m

Columbus, OH – 4h 09m

Niagara Falls, ON, Canada – 4h 55m

Toronto, ON, Canada – 6h 07m

ACRE Johnstown Partners

Home - JARI

JARI is a non-profit economic development organization that has been a devoted partner of the regional business community since 1974. Their experienced team works to assist companies of all sizes, from start-ups to mature businesses by providing loans, services, and connections to the right people in government, commercial lending, equity investing, real estate, and other regional, state, and federal economic development groups.

Community Foundation Strategic Initiatives Receive $14.5 Million Gift - Community Foundation for the Alleghenies

Based in Johnstown and serving Bedford, Cambria, Indiana, and Somerset Counties, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies envisions an inclusive and engaged culture of philanthropy that grows an abundance of resources with a perpetual impact in a thriving region. The CFA empowers everyone in our community to understand how their philanthropy can leave a lasting legacy in our region.

ACRE Johnstown Creatives

Past & Future

Johnstown was the site of a Shawnee and Delaware Indian village before Joseph Johns founded the town in 1800. Johnstown became the western terminus of the Allegheny Portage Railroad, a series of inclined planes whereby Pennsylvania Canal barges were transported on railway cars for 36 miles over the Allegheny Mountains (some of these inclines are still in operation).  In 1861, Johnstown’s steel industry developed the nation’s first blooming mill (used to reduce the size of steel ingots) and produced the first American-made steel rails. By 1873, Johnstown became a leading American steelmaking center. Today, Johnstown continues its legacy of entrepreneurial innovation and creation.