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About Johnstown

20,577 in city
144,995 in metro
15 km² (6 mi²)
355.963562012 m
Johnstown is an industrial city in western Pennsylvania. It is located on the Conemaugh River in the Appalachian hills about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh. Chief industries are steel, coal mining, and production of synthetic fuels from coal. Johnstown was the scene of one of the United States' worst peacetime disasters in 1889 when a dam on a Conemaugh River tributary burst, inundating the city with a wall of water. The flood and accompanying fire downtown cost 2,100 lives. Johnstown was laid out in 1800 and incorporated in 1898. It was named for its Swiss founder, Joseph Schantz, also known as Johns.

Metro Cities

Ebensburg, Johnstown