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10 Things to Know Before You Move to Johnstown

So, you’re thinking of moving to Johnstown? We think that’s a great idea! We might be a little biased, but we think it’s a spectacular place to live, work, and play. Did we mention the food? Well, we’ll get to that a little later. Johnstown is quickly expanding and growing into a well-rounded city. Come check it out – you won’t be disappointed!

Before you visit, here’s 10 things to know that will make you feel like a Johnstown local. Enjoy!

The Weather

Western Pennsylvania weather… you can’t beat it, right? While living in Johnstown, you are guaranteed at least one day a year where you experience weather from each of the four seasons. Here’s an example: You wake up in the morning, and it’s sunny and warmer than usual (summer). Next, a heavy rainfall comes out of nowhere, midmorning, and there’s puddles everywhere (spring). Then, the temperature starts to drop, and the air turns crisp, but the sun starts to shine again (fall). Finally, you’re leaving work, and you can’t believe you didn’t bring a jacket. It’s freezing outside! As you’re driving home, flurries begin to fall (winter).

Now, that doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, you’re sure to hear some commentary about it. Usually, Johnstown’s weather pattern is pretty consistent with the four seasons. Mother Nature just likes to surprise us from time to time.

It’s a Gob not a Whoopie Pie

We’re sure there will be some arguments about this, but seriously, it’s a gob, not a whoopie pie. We’re in Western Pennsylvania. We know what we’re talking about. There’s even a “Gob Fest” held every year at the Galleria. If you say whoopie pie, you’re sure to get some funny looks in Johnstown.

For those out-of-towners who haven’t heard either term, a GOB is two small circular pieces of cake with creamy icing in the middle. The best part? The cake and the icing can be any flavor imaginable.

Local Restaurants Galore

In Johnstown, there are many local restaurants to enjoy. The community likes to support local, and new business owners are quickly catching on. In the upcoming year, even more restaurants and bars are planning to call Johnstown home. Visit Let’s Eat – Downtown, Let’s Eat – Richland and Let’s Eat – Westmont to learn more!

World’s Steepest Vehicular Inclined Plane

Yep, you heard that right. Johnstown is home to the WORLD’s steepest vehicular inclined plane. Guests love the thrill the Inclined Plane brings as they descend or ascend the hill. The view of our beloved city is pretty spectacular, too!

Three Major Floods

Although this isn’t our proudest thing to showcase, some good came from these three major floods. We found out that the residents of Johnstown are passionate, hardworking and resilient. The community still boasts these characteristics today. After each flood, Johnstown rebuilt and came back a stronger city – just like we’re doing today.

“Slap Shot”

We’re BIG hockey fans in Johnstown. The city is home to one of the greatest sports comedies ever made – Slap Shot. The movie stars Paul Newman and follows the Charlestown Chiefs, a failing hockey team and their goofy antics.

Ethnic Food

The residents of Johnstown are proud of their heritage. We love to showcase our past by preparing and eating traditional ethnic food. Some of our favorites include halupki, haluski, and pierogis! Uh oh… we’re starting to get a little hungry…

The City’s Arts & Culture

Johnstown is filled to the brim with art and culture; however, some residents might not even realize this! We have a world-renowned symphony right in our backyard. The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra has been entertaining the community of Johnstown for over 90 years! The city is also home to Bottle Works Ethnic Center and the Heritage Discovery Center along with many local galleries and museums filling the downtown area.

Hockeyville USA

Remember how we said Johnstowners are BIG hockey fans? Well, our passion for the sport helped us win the first-ever Kraft Hockeyville USA contest. We even got to host our own NHL preseason game at the 1st Summit Arena at the Cambria County War Memorial!

Local Sports

Johnstown is home to three sports teams that garner a lot of attention in the community. The Mill Rats are a junior league baseball team who spend their summers at Sargent’s Stadium at the Point. The Flood City Thunder group is a semi-professional football team who also plays games at Sargent’s Stadium. Finally, the Johnstown Thomahawks are a junior league hockey team who calls 1st Summit Arena at the Cambria County War Memorial home. Come check out a game today!