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Overview

Introduction to Canton, Massachusetts

Canton, Massachusetts, in Norfolk county, is 7 miles NW of Brockton, Massachusetts and 14 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in the Boston metropolitan area.

Canton History

Canton was originally a part of the town of Stoughton, Massachusetts. It was officially incorporated in 1797. According to some old stories, the town was named because earlier it was believed that Canton, China was located on the exact opposite side of the earth. Joseph Warren Revere established a plastic factory, Emerson Cuming, at Canton, which was recently torn down. In fact, Canton is the birthplace of Elijah Morse's Rising Sun Stove Polish Company.

Canton and nearby Attractions

  • Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate
  • Mildred Morse Allen Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Shawmut Industrial Park
  • Adams National Historical Park
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra

Things To Do In Canton

The town of Canton features a number of scenic trails where you can enjoy hiking and biking. The town also includes a number of restaurants and other entertainment options. The headquarters of Reebok and Baskin-Robbins are also located in Canton.

Canton Transportation

Air transportation is available from Boston Logan International Airport.

Canton Higher Education

Babson College is nearby. For people who want more options, enrolling in an online institution may interest them. These schools may offer students programs and courses in finance, information technology, human services, and accounting. For people who are interested in probation officer training, some online schools may offer a degree program in criminal justice.

Demographics

People

Total Population22,562
Male Share of the Population46.4%
Female Share of the Population53.6%
Senior Citizens17.5%
Employed Population 16+11,209
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married55.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher54.7%
Median Earnings25+$60,244
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,313

Wealth

Median Family Income$123,250
% Above Poverty Level93.6%
% Below Poverty Level6.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time35 minutes
% Working from Home4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.1%
% Using Public Transportation14.7%

Housing

People Living Alone29.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,473
Median House Value$444,700

Ancestry

Irish31.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.6%
Italian15%
English8.4%
German5.5%
Polish5.2%
Russian3%
Arab2.8%
Ukrainian2.2%
Greek2.2%
West Indian2%
Lebanese1.8%
French Except Basque1.7%
Canadian1.7%
Scottish1.6%
African1.5%
Portuguese1.5%
Lithuanian1.4%
Swedish1.4%
Haitian0.9%
Jamaican0.8%
Zimbabwean0.8%
Barbadian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Brazilian0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Nigerian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Guyanese0.3%
Egyptian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Syrian0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
US/American0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Canton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Norfolk County
Standard Zip Codes2021
Phone Area Codes339,781
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.15
Approximate Longitude-71.13

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)

StationBLUE HILL OBS MILTON
Distance4.3 miles
Jan Temp18 to 34 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp43 to 60 F
Annual Precip51.1 inches
StationWALPOLE 2
Distance5.4 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches
StationHINGHAM
Distance12.8 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Norwood29,018$107,097
Randolph33,526$79,949
Sharon5,841$135,882
Stoughton28,260$93,357
Walpole6,209$105,145
Westwood15,364$161,113

Canton Public Libraries

Canton Public Library
786 WASHINGTON ST.
Canton, Massachusetts
(781) 821-5027

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Canton Public Schools

Blue Hills Regional Vocational Technical
800 Randolph St
(781) 828-5800
High
Total Enrollment 836
Canton High
900 Washington St
(781) 821-5050
High
Total Enrollment 883
John F Kennedy
100 Dedham St
(781) 821-5080
Primary
Total Enrollment 417
Wm H Galvin Middle
55 Pecunit St
(781) 821-5070
Middle
Total Enrollment 759
Rodman Early Childhood Center
960 Washington St
(781) 821-5060
Primary
Total Enrollment 98
Mass Hospital School
3 Randolph St
(781) 830-8801
Dean S Luce
45 Independence St
(781) 821-5075
Primary
Total Enrollment 626
Lt Peter M Hansen
25 Pecunit St
(781) 821-5085
Primary
Total Enrollment 467

Canton Private Schools

Cole-harrington Kindergarten Enrichment Ii
55 Pecunit St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 38
The Judge Rotenberg Center
250 Turnpike St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 180
Clarke School East
1 Whitman Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
The Blue Hill Montessori School
163 Turnpike St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
St John The Evangelist School
696 Washington St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 211
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