Johnstown, PA
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Johnstown is a medium-sized city located in the state of Pennsylvania. With a population of 19,966 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Johnstown is the 40th largest community in Pennsylvania. Johnstown has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Johnstown is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Johnstown is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Johnstown who work in office and administrative support (13.11%), food service (12.88%), and sales jobs (11.57%).

Despite the fact that it is a small city, Johnstown has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the city for affordable transportation.

The rate of college-level education in Johnstown is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.60% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Johnstown in 2010 was $15,173, which is low income relative to Pennsylvania and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,692 for a family of four. Johnstown also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.12% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Johnstown is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Johnstown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Johnstown residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Johnstown include Irish, Italian, Polish, and Slovak.

The most common language spoken in Johnstown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.