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.


Total Population 10,336
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 5,193
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 63.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 52.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $108,105
% Above Poverty Level 97.9%
% Below Poverty Level 2.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 24.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,172
Median House Value $299,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.4%
US/American 0.4%
English 13.9%
Irish 17.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Canton Public Libraries

Canton Public Library
Canton, Connecticut
(860) 693-5800
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Canton High Schools

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 728 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

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