For many years, if you weren’t from here, the mention of “Johnstown” drew even money that the next words spoken would either include “truck stop” or “cinnamon rolls.” On the other hand, if you were fortunate to enough to live here, you were more apt to hear words like “community,” “neighbor,” and “small-town values.” Words that are as true today as they were then.
These days, however, Johnstown’s reputation for blending the best of small-town Colorado a with long-term vision for smart and sustainable growth may be what distinguishes it from other area communities in the region. Situated ideally at the southeast corner of I25 and US Highway 34, Johnstown has both room to grow and the opportunity to retain its unique rural charm.
Johnstown got its start in 1902 behind the vision of Harvey J. Parish, for whom Parish Avenue is named. It was incorporated in 1907 and named for Parish’s son, John. Nestled in the comparatively lush Thompson River Valley, the land lent itself to agriculture—a legacy that continues to characterize and define the area to this day.
Today, crops are the only things thriving in Johnstown. With its family-friendly vibe, a robust business sector and tax base, and close proximity to Greeley, Fort Collins, Loveland, and the Denver metro, people are quickly discovering Johnstown’s special blend of economic vitality and small-town quality of life. From the energy of 2534 (the 600-acre master planned community) and I-25 corridor improvements to the charm of its thoughtful neighborhoods and well-preserved downtown, Johnstown balances healthy growth and history that makes it a great place to be.
And we should know. Our company headquarters are smack-dab in the heart of town, a location we have called home since 2019. It’s been our privilege to support the Town of Johnstown by providing outsourced building permitting, inspection, and code enforcement services. Johnstown’s prospects look brighter every day, and we are grateful to help care for this community in our own unique way.
Fun Fact: Did you know a famous meteor was named for Johnstown? It’s true!