Johnstown is a family-friendly small town (2020 population of 15,505), located in northern Colorado. With easy access to several cities surrounding it—Loveland (13 mi), Greeley (17 mi), Fort Collins (26 mi), Longmont (23 mi), Boulder (37 mi), and Denver (46 mil)—the area is full of opportunity for rapid development. Because of its location and affordable living, many who move to Johnston commute to their jobs, finding the town an excellent community in which to raise a family, make friends and create a lifetime of memories.
Outdoor activities are a draw here as well: views are spectacular, and residents find nearby opportunities for skiing, hiking, boating, and fishing. Numerous parks and trails are available; one of the main attractions is Parish Park, a neighborhood park free for public use year round. Stroll the paved path through the tree-lined park, or enjoy its expansive lawns.
Although new housing projects are developing rapidly and families are moving to this centrally located community, Johnstown remains committed to its simple roots and a quiet lifestyle. Parish Street is the heart of downtown, a place where residents can slip into the local bar or restaurant or just wander its streets. The community’s excellent location also makes it a great launching point for visiting other unique Colorado towns, including down-home Greeley and the quaint art town of Loveland.
Johnstown is served by two school districts. The majority of students fall within Weld County School District RE-5J, though the north west of the town falls within Thompson R2-J School District. Schools here have an average ranking of 6/10, which is in the top 50% of Colorado public schools.
Voted one of the safest cities in Colorado, in 2019 Johnstown came in at No. 38 in the FBI’s list of top 100 safest cities in the country. Both property and violent crimes are well below the national and state averages, making this community a great place to live.
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