Johnstown, and more specifically the Westmont area, is a pretty city. It's very clean and there are many beautiful old homes in great condition. A drive down Luzerne St can make one salivate.
There is one issue here that appears to be kept under wraps, if that's possible. Crime appears to be on the increase, especially as it relates to drugs and drug addicts who steal to support their habits. At least we think that's the reason.
Without going into great detail, i will say that our family has lived a lot of places, including the DC area, and never encountered thefts or breaking and entering before now. And we've encountered it a lot in the short amount of time we've been here. Someone even stole my husband's military retirement flag from our front porch on Veteran's Day. That was a low blow and we took it personally.
Hopefully this won't put anyone off and we've just encountered a run of bad luck, as there are some terrific people here and of course, beautiful old homes that require very little to make them sparkle. This town has some of the best minds in the country and a great spirit. Just be mindful and don't give anyone an opportunity to help themselves.
This review is based on actual experiences, not reports or statistics of any kind.