Westmont, Pennsylvania

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Westmont is a borough in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,523 at the 2000 census.



Westmont is located at 40°19′7″N 78°56′56″W / 40.31861°N 78.94889°W / 40.31861; -78.94889 (40.318707, -78.948825)[1], about 28 miles WSW of Altoona, Pennsylvania.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.1 km²), all of it land.


Before the Johnstown Flood of 1889, Yoder Hill consisted of nothing more than a few farms, accessible by only a few steep, muddy roads. However, since the Flood was so devastating to the city and to its major employer, the Cambria Iron Company, the iron company decided to develop the top of the hill as a suburb for its top personnel to live in. The company commissioned the famous landscape architect, Charles Miller, to lay out the grid for the settlement of "Tiptop", later renamed Westmont. Westmont was located on a ridge above the valley in which Johnstown is located, and thus in a place of safety. As such, it was also above the smoke, noise, and stench of the city, and attracted the well-to-do of the town, eager to escape what (in many cases) their own factories had wrought. An inclined railway, the Johnstown Inclined Plane was built for easy travel to the city. With the problem of transportation solved, the new settlement began to grow, and it was incorporated as the Borough of Westmont on June 13, 1892.

Because of its upland location, Westmont escaped destruction in the subsequent floods that damaged flood-prone Johnstown.

Westmont Today

Westmont continues to be a town of significant attractive, large, old houses. The present population of Westmont is approximately 6,000 residents.

Westmont is currently governed by the “Weak Mayor-Council” form of government. There are seven council members and a mayor who are elected by the voters for four-year staggered terms. The mayor votes only in case of a tie. The Borough Council determines municipal policy, enacts laws, approves borough officials, etc. Daily operations are supervised by the Borough Secretary and the Public Works Director.

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