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Overview

Introduction to Canton, Georgia

Located in Cherokee county, Canton, Georgia, is 16 miles NW of Roswell, Georgia (center to center) and 34 miles N of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is located in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Canton History

The area now known as Canton was originally named Etowah. After the completion of its court house, it was briefly renamed Cherokee. Soon after, the local businessmen ventured into silk production; they changed the name of the area to Canton, inspired by the Chinese city of the same name which was then a major producer of silk in the world. The silk production in the community ended up failing, but the name of the area stayed as Canton. In the year 1833, it was officially designated as the county seat of Cherokee county.

Canton and nearby Attractions

  • Marietta Museum of History
  • Red Top Mountain State Park
  • Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
  • Sweetwater Creek State Park
  • Roselawn Museum

Things To Do In Canton

Museums such as the William Weinman Mineral Museum, Southeastern Railway Museum, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Roselawn Museum, and Marietta Museum of History are located in the city. The city is also home to The Children's Park and Family Refuge, Lake Altoona Beach, and Tanglewood Farm. There are a number of golf courses in the community such as the Woodmont Golf Club, Canterbury Golf Club, and White Columns Golf Club. Churches in the city include the First Methodist Episcopal Church South, Saint Paul Cemetery, and Zion Baptist Church. Riverfest is an annual event that is celebrated by the city in the month of September.

Canton Transportation

The closest airport to the city is The William B Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.

Canton Higher Education

Higher education is available at Clark Atlanta University, Kennesaw State University, and Southern Polytechnic State University.

People

Total Population 24,305
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 11.1%
Employed Population 16+ 11,027
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 49.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.8%
Median Earnings25+ $28,554
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,685
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,173

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,280
% Above Poverty Level 81%
% Below Poverty Level 19%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 25.9%
Median Gross Rent $854
Median House Value $161,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.7%
US/American 0%
English 8.4%
Irish 11.6%

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

Canton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles NW of Roswell, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 34 miles N of Atlanta, Georgia
County Cherokee
Metro Area Atlanta
Standard Zip Codes 30114, 30115
P.O. Box Zip Codes 30169
Phone Area Codes 770
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.236
Longitude -84.49

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 ALLATOONA DAM 2
Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 50 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 50 to 71 F
Annual Precip 51.9 inches
Station JASPER 1 NNW
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 47 F
Apr Temp 46 to 69 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 47 to 69 F
Annual Precip 60.7 inches
Station ALPHARETTA 4 SSW
Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 51.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Acworth 21,512 $55,263
Ball Ground 1,869 $70,500
Holly Springs 9,979 $81,228
Waleska 642 $48,750
White 762 $38,500

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

Canton Public Libraries

Library
Sequoyah Regional Library System
116 BROWN INDUSTRIAL PARKWAY
Canton, Georgia
(770) 479-3090
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Canton Hospitals

NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL CHEROKEE
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
201 HOSPITAL RD PO BOX 906
(770) 479-1941
Emergency Service: Yes

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930 MARIETTA HIGHWAY
770-479-4112
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,014 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

SEQUOYAH HIGH SCHOOL
4485 HICKORY ROAD
770-345-1474
Serves 2,006 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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