Johnston has embraced suburban development, but nonetheless is notable for its colonial farmhouses. Major industry and shopping cover large parts of the town, surrounded by a variety of neighborhoods.
Johnston is home to Clemence Irons House, a stone-ender museum constructed in 1691. The town also has several parks such as the Johnston Memorial Park, Woodlake Park Complex, Dyerville State Park, and Woonasquatucket Park. The Westgate Shopping Center, Town Hall Center Shopping Center, and Lexington Building Shopping Center are great places to run errands. The Recreation Department of Johnston also organizes several special events and youth sports programs throughout the year. Just over ten minutes from Providence.
Johnston is made up of the neighborhoods and villages of: Belknap, Graniteville, Hughesdale, Manton, Merino, Morgan Mills, Moswansicut Lake, Pocasset, Simmonsville, Thornton (also in Cranston) and West End.