Canton, Connecticut

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Canton, Connecticut

Introduction to Canton, Connecticut

Canton, Connecticut, in Hartford county, is 8 miles NW of West Hartford, Connecticut (center to center) and 93 miles NE of New York, New York. The town, which is located in the Hartford metropolitan area, has a population of 8,840.

Canton History

The town of Canton was officially incorporated in 1806. The Farmington River has played a pivotal role in Canton's development. The town, which includes the villages of North Canton, Canton Center, Canton, and Collinsville, was named after the province in China. It was in the Collin's axe factory in Collinsville where Elisha Root invented die casting.

Canton and nearby Attractions

  • Roaring Brook Nature Center
  • Canton Historical Museum
  • Black Rock State Park
  • Buttolph - Williams House
  • Dinosaur State Park

Things To Do In Canton

The town of Canton provides visitors with many recreational opportunities. Tourists can visit the Mills Pond Recreation Area, Roaring Brook Nature Center, and Dinosaur State Park. Visitors may also enjoy the ancient Buttolph - Williams House. The Canton Historical Museum houses a 19th century general store, a post office, barber shops, and a printing press. Canton celebrates local festivals like Cherry Brook Grange Fair.

Canton Transportation

Flights are available from Bradley International Airport.

Canton Higher Education

One can pursue higher education from the University of Hartford, Manchester Community College, and Central Connecticut State University.

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High Points

Canton strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Connecticut):

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Canton Low Violent Crime
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Canton College Educated Adults
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Canton Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Canton, Connecticut

Comparing Canton to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Connecticut (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 9 7
Male Share of the Population 6 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 7
Female Share of the Population 5 7
Senior Citizens 4 4
Racial Diversity 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 6
Average Household Size 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 9
Low Property Crime 9 7

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Canton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles NW of West Hartford, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 93 miles NE of New York, New York
County Hartford
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06019
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.824
Longitude -72.894

Canton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.2 inches
Distance 6.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 54.5 inches
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
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Canton Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,840 100%
Male 4,283 48.5%
Female 4,557 51.5%
Under 18 2,248 25.4%
18+ 6,592 74.6%
65+ 1,055 11.9%
Median Age 39.9
Average Family Size 2.98
White 8,588 97.1%
African-American 47 0.5%
Asian 64 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0%
Other 43 0.5%
Mixed Race 92 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 113 1.3%

Estimated Canton Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,932
Growth 1,092
Growth % 12.4%

Canton Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Italian 14.9%
Irish 13.9%
English 11.9%
German 10.4%
Polish 8.1%
US/American 7.1%
French (except Basque) 6.8%
French Canadian 5.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.2%
Scottish 1.7%
Swedish 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
European 1%
Hungarian 0.9%
Russian 0.9%
Canadian 0.8%
Dutch 0.8%
British 0.8%
Finnish 0.8%
Lithuanian 0.7%
Danish 0.6%
Eastern European 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Greek 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Serbian 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Israeli 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Australian 0.2%
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Canton Public Libraries

Canton Public Library
Canton, Connecticut
(860) 693-5800
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Serves 728 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

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