Johnstown, Colorado
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Town Hall
“Community that Cares”
Location of Johnstown in Larimer County and Weld County, Colorado.
Location of Johnstown in Larimer County and Weld County, Colorado.
Coordinates: 40°20′13″N 104°54′44″W / 40.33694°N 104.91222°W / 40.33694; -104.91222Coordinates: 40°20′13″N 104°54′44″W / 40.33694°N 104.91222°W / 40.33694; -104.91222[2]
Country United States
State Colorado
Counties[1]Larimer, Weld
Incorporated (town)May 13, 1907[3]
 • TypeHome Rule Municipality[1]
 • MayorGary Lebsack
 • Total13.84 sq mi (35.84 km2)
 • Land13.75 sq mi (35.62 km2)
 • Water0.09 sq mi (0.22 km2)
Elevation4,852 ft (1,479 m)
 • Total9,887
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,105.23/sq mi (426.72/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code[7]
Area code970
FIPS code08-39855
GNIS feature ID180701[2]
WebsiteTown of Johnstown

Johnstown is a home rule municipality in Weld and Larimer counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. The population was 9,887 at the 2010 United States Census.


The Town of Johnstown began with the vision of Harvey J. Parish before its platting in 1902. The town was named for Parish's son.[8] The town was incorporated in 1907.[9]

The Johnstown diogenite meteorite.
The Johnstown diogenite meteorite.

A meteorite fall in the adjacent former town of Elwell on the afternoon of 6 July 1924, became known as the Johnstown meteorite. It was notable with a number of large pieces of the broken-up asteroid recovered, including one of 23.5 kg (52 lb) that impacted into the Earth to a depth of 1.7 m (5.5 ft). The meteorite fell during an outdoor funeral service with more than 200 people attending who witnessed the event or heard the several stones falling.[10] The meteorite is classified as an "achondrite stony meteorite of the diogenite class in the HED group"[11] of meteorites that are believed to have hived off of the asteroid Vesta approximately one billion years ago.[11]


Johnstown is located just west of the confluence of the Big Thompson River and the Little Thompson River.[12] Greeley is about ten miles to the east-northeast and Loveland is approximately nine miles to the northwest.[13]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town in 2010 had a total area of 13.52 square miles (35.0 km2).[14]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)15,198[6]53.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]

As of the census[16] of 2010, there were 9,887 people, 3,356 households, and 2,738 families residing in the town. The population density was 731.3 inhabitants per square mile (282.4/km2). There were 3,554 housing units at an average density of 262.9 per square mile (101.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 91.7% White, 0.8% African American, 1.4% Native American, 1.4% Asian, and 7.3% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.8% of the population.

There were 3,356 households, out of which 42.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.7% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 13.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 31.2% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.7 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.7 males.[16]

The median income for a household in the town was $69,919, and the median income for a family was $75,000. Males had a median income of $55,426 versus $40,536 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,324. About 5.4% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.[16]


Johnstown is served by two school districts.[17] The majority of residents fall within Weld County School District RE-5J, though the northwest of the town falls within Thompson R2-J School District.



Notable people

Reed Doughty (NFL player – Washington Commanders). Doughty was raised in Johnstown and played varsity football at Roosevelt High School.[18]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Archived from the original on 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Johnstown, Colorado
  3. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  4. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-01-15.
  6. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  7. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original (JavaScript/HTML) on November 4, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2007.
  8. ^ Dawson, John Frank. Place names in Colorado: why 700 communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. Denver, CO: The J. Frank Dawson Publishing Co. p. 28. Archived from the original on 2016-11-08.
  9. ^ "Johnstown, Colorado". Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  10. ^ Hovey, Edmund Otis (30 November 1925). "A New Meteoric Stone from Johnstown, Weld County, Colorado". American Museum Novitates. New York City: The American Museum of Natural History. The first piece unearthed fell in the highway about thirty feet from the doors of a little church at Elwell.
  11. ^ a b Horejsi, Martin (1 July 2019). "The Johnstown Meteorite: Crater Symbolism?". Meteorite Times. Retrieved 11 October 2019. Johnstown is an achrondite stony meteorite of the diogenite class in the HED group. H, or howardites are a mix of diogenites and eucrites, with diogenites being the lower or deeper material in an asteroid, and eucrites being more surface originating.
  12. ^ Johnstown, CO, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 2016
  13. ^ Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme, 12th ed. 2015, pp. 30-31 ISBN 0899332889
  14. ^ "Johnstown (Town) QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau". Archived from the original on 2012-06-16. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  16. ^ a b c "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-11-07.
  17. ^ "Schools | Johnstown, CO - Official Website". Retrieved 2020-03-22.
  18. ^ "Reed Doughty". Retrieved 2020-03-22.