Introduction to Canal Fulton, Ohio

Canal Fulton, Ohio, in Stark county, is 13 miles NW of Canton, Ohio (center to center) and 42 miles S of Cleveland, Ohio. The village is located in the Canton - Massillon metropolitan area and has a population of 5,061.

Canal Fulton History

In the early 1800s, the Village of Milan was established and in 1825, plans were made to create a canal which would connect the Ohio River and Lake Erie. Following the construction of the Ohio-Erie Canalway, 25 new villages were created, one of which was Fulton. According to one tradition, the community was named in honor of Robert Fulton who invented the steamboat. However, others claim that it was named after an early settler, Ben Fulton. William Christmas and James Lathrop laid out the village on May 16th, 1826. The first post office was established four years later, and in 1832, the community was officially named "Canal Fulton". In 1853, the villages of West Fulton and Milan merged with Canal Fulton, and the community was officially incorporated the same year. Canalling and coal mining were the two main commercial ventures of the village.

Canal Fulton and Nearby Attractions

  • Heritage House and Old Canal Days Museum
  • Akron Art Museum
  • Oberlin House
  • Akron Zoo
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Things To Do In Canal Fulton

The Heritage House & Old Canal Days Museum, which is located in Canal Fulton, houses various artifacts and memorabilia dating back to the canal era. Canal Fulton Canoe Livery offers opportunities for canoeing and primitive camping. The Oberlin House, a mid-19th century structure, is a place of historic interest which currently operates as a living history museum. The St. Helena III, a replica freighter created in the late 1980s, takes visitors on a cruise along a portion of the Ohio-Erie Canal. Akron Art Museum, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, MAPS Air Museum, First Ladies Historic Site, Canton Classic Car Museum, and Haines House Underground Railroad Museum are some of the other museums near Canal Fulton. The 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park features biking and hiking trails, as well as collections of flora and fauna. Geauga Lake Family Amusement Park, Akron Zoo, Gorge Metropolitan Park, and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens are among the other popular attractions in the area. In addition, residents of the village celebrate the annual Yankee Peddler Festival, and Olde Canal Days Festival.

Canal Fulton Transportation

The closest major airport is Akron-Canton Regional Airport.

Canal Fulton Higher Education

Kent State University - Stark, Malone College, Stark State College of Technology, and Walsh University are some of the colleges near Canal Fulton.


Total Population 5,483
Male Share of the Population 50.9%
Female Share of the Population 49.1%
Senior Citizens 21.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,655
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 50.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $59,988
% Above Poverty Level 88.4%
% Below Poverty Level 11.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 36%
Median Gross Rent $653
Median House Value $138,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.1%
US/American 0%
English 10.8%
Irish 16.8%

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

Canal Fulton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles NW of Canton, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 42 miles S of Cleveland, Ohio
County Stark
Metro Area Canton - Massillon
Standard Zip Codes 44614
Phone Area Codes 330
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.889
Longitude -81.597

Canal Fulton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 8.8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.4 inches
Station AKRON
Distance 14 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 34 F
Apr Temp 40 to 60 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
Distance 20.7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Canal Fulton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lawrence (44614)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clinton 1,160 $64,318
Dalton 1,717 $67,750
Doylestown 3,064 $62,893
Green 25,868 $81,195
Marshallville 702 $61,500
Massillon 32,215 $52,020

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

Canal Fulton Public Libraries

Canal Fulton Public Library
Canal Fulton, Ohio
(330) 854-4148
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Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

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