Johnstown remains a village, according to the the official 2010 federal census, but that's probably going to to change in 2020.

Johnstown remains a village, according to the the official 2010 federal census, but that's probably going to to change in 2020.

Village administrator Jim Lenner said he received an official certification from John Husted, secretary of state, stating Johnstown has a current population of 4,632.

That's 368 people shy of the 5,000 residents needed for a village to become a city.

"I was very surprised at that number," Lenner said. "I thought it would be in the low 4,000s."

Lenner said he's glad Johnstown is still considered a village.

"I like where it's at because we are not a city yet, which gives us 10 years to prepare because there are certain obligations you have as a city," he said.

Those obligations, Lenner said, include changing all village signs as well as being opened up to "union negotiations, you have to maintain state routes, you have to put increased fluoride in the water. There is more regulation."

Once Johnstown becomes a city, it will be responsible for maintaining state Route 37 and U.S. 62, he said. Those highways are currently maintained by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

"We'll get a gasoline tax to maintain roadways so we'll get increased revenue for state Route 37 and (U.S.) 62," Lenner said.

He said Johnstown would also receive more money from the state once it becomes a city because "we're providing more services that they're mandating."

Lenner said people just like living in a village, where residents know each other and have a neighborly connection.

"I think there's just a psychological aspect to it that people like being a village," Lenner said, "That's why people moved here, which will ultimately be to the detriment of the village, that we'll become a city."

Johnstown had 3440 people in the 2000 census, so has experienced an increase of 1,192 residents within the last 10 years.

Mayor Kevin Riffe said four new developments started in 2000, which helped bring more people to Johnstown.

Even with those developments, Riffe said, he was surprised by Johnstown's increased population during the past 10 years.

He said he just doesn't want to see his hometown become "a suburb of New Albany."

New Albany switched from village to city status this census with a population of 7,724 residents.

"I really wouldn't want it to get too much bigger, but it's inevitable," Riffe said. "As long as we control it the way we want it to grow then that will be OK."

Lenner said he's anticipating and will be ready to control the population growth for Johnstown.

"It's a done deal," Lenner said. "We'll be prepared."