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Overview

Introduction to Canton, Ohio

Canton is situated in the northeastern portion of Ohio in Starck County. Nimishillen Creek and its branches run through the town. The city was established in 1805. After the downfall of heavy manufacturing in the area, service industries such as retailing, healthcare, financial and education have become significant factors in the local economy. Canton is home to the noteworthy Pro Football Hall of Fame.

History

In 1769 a surveyor named Bezaleel Wells purchased the land that is now Canton and subdivided the property and sold the lots in 1805. During the Civil War, Canton became a prominent area for agriculture and industry. Steel production was thriving after the Civil War ended. Another economic spurt began in the 1880s due to manufacturing companies flourishing in the city, especially companies producing machinery. Agricultural equipment was being sold to businesses all over the world.

Watch making companies in Canton were quite prosperous during the 1880s. During the twentieth century iron and steel companies continued to thrive. Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Company has been a major employer in the city since the early 1900s, however it was sold and shut down in Canton in 2007. After World War II ended, the significance of the local manufacturing companies in the country's economy was significantly decreased.

Transportation

The city is served by the Akron-Canton Regional Airport. Public transportation is offered by SARTA.

Attractions

  • The Canton Museum of Art showcases 19th and 20th Century American artists.
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame displays a vast amount of professional football memorabilia.
  • Canton Classic Car Museum
  • Canton Memorial Civic Center hosts a variety of events.
  • Cultural Center for the Arts
  • Canton Museum of Art
  • National First Lady's Library was a Victorian style home of the First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley. It's currently a center which focuses on the numerous contributions of the presidents' wives as well as other women who had prominent roles in the politics of the country.
  • Wm. McKinley Presidential Library and Memorial

Activities

  • Canton Palace Theatre
  • Canton Symphony Orchestra
  • Center Ice Skating Arena contains a NHL size rink
  • Italian American Festival
  • Stark County Fair
  • The Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival is recognized as the biggest event in the city.
  • The popular Timken Grand Parade
  • Nearby Amish Country in Holmes County
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park, situated near Canton features several historic buildings and the Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad travels through the park.
  • Nearby Zoar Village State Memorial is a historic village and popular with tourists.

Higher Education

Canton is home to Malone College. Walsh University, Stark State College and a campus of Kent State University are in the area.

People

Total Population 72,463
Male Share of the Population 45.9%
Female Share of the Population 54.1%
Senior Citizens 13.9%
Employed Population 16+ 28,986
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 32.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.1%
Median Earnings25+ $25,188
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,067
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,216

Wealth

Median Family Income $37,168
% Above Poverty Level 67.7%
% Below Poverty Level 32.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 4.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.7%
Median Gross Rent $599
Median House Value $71,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.6%
Irish 13.1%

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

Canton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 51 miles S of Cleveland, Ohio
County Stark
Metro Area Canton - Massillon
Standard Zip Codes 44702, 44703, 44704, 44705, 44706, 44707, 44708, 44709, 44710, 44714, 44718, 44720, 44721, 44730
P.O. Box Zip Codes 44701, 44711, 44735
Company Zip Codes 44712, 44750, 44760, 44767, 44798, 44799
Phone Area Codes 330
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.798
Longitude -81.378

Canton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station AKRON CANTON AP
Distance 8.6 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 21 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
Station MILLPORT 2 NW
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 36 F
Apr Temp 36 to 62 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Belden Village Mall (44718)

Country Fair (44708)

Dueber (44706)

Hills and Dales (44708)

Jacksn Belden (44718)

Jackson Belden (44718)

Lake Cable (44718)

Lake Slagle (44720)

Mapleton (44730)

McDonaldsville (44720)

McKinley (44704)

North Industry (44707)

Osnaburg (44730)

Reedurban (44710)

Richville (44706)

Waco (44707)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
East Canton 1,424 $56,650
Louisville 9,132 $59,107
Massillon 32,215 $52,020

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

Canton Public Libraries

Library
Stark County District Library
715 MARKET AVE.
Canton, Ohio
(330) 452-0665
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Canton Hospitals

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1320 MERCY DRIVE NW
(330) 489-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

AULTMAN HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
2600 SIXTH STREET SW
(330) 452-9911
Emergency Service: Yes

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GLENOAK HIGH SCHOOL
1015 44TH ST NW
330-492-7768
Serves 2,087 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

MCKINLEY HIGH SCHOOL
2323 17TH ST NW
330-438-2712
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,978 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.5

CANTON SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
600 FAIRCREST ST SE
330-484-8000
Serves 873 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

TIMKEN HIGH SCHOOL
521 TUSCARAWAS ST W
330-438-2602
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 869 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.2

LIFE SKILLS CENTER CANTON
1100 CLEVELAND AVE NW
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 345 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.6

CHOICES ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
816 30TH ST NW
330-451-3300
A Special Education School
Serves 278 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30.9

COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
617 MCKINLEY AVE SW
330-438-2555
A Non-traditional School
Serves 32 students.

PASSAGES SCHOOL #1
1253 3RD ST SE
330-438-2677
A Special Education School
Serves 30 students.

GOLDEN EAGLE DIGITAL ACADEMY
901 44TH ST NW
330-492-3500
A Charter School.
Serves 21 students.

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