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Overview

Introduction to Canton, Mississippi

Canton, Mississippi, in Madison county, is 23 miles N of Jackson, Mississippi and 175 miles S of Memphis, Tennessee. The city is located in the Jackson metropolitan area.

Canton History

Canton was once inhabited by the Choctaw Indians. It was incorporated in 1836. The city is the county seat of Madison County, which was founded in 1828 and was named after U.S. President James Madison. Canton had two banks, a bakery, a drug store and two hotels by 1838. The Greek Revival Courthouse of the city was established in July 1855.

Canton and nearby Attractions

  • Old Jail Museum
  • Lefleur's Bluff State Park
  • Casey Jones Railroad Museum
  • Leake County Water Park
  • Rapids on the Reservoir
  • Medgar Evers House

Things To Do In Canton

Canton offers easy access to various museums, including the Casey Jones Museum, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. The Red Bud Park is also a popular local spot. The city hosts the Gospel Fest Homecoming every July.

Canton Transportation

Air transportation facilities are provided by Jackson International Airport.

Canton Higher Education

Jackson State University, Mississippi College and Holmes Community College are some of the nearest institutions of higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,504
Male Share of the Population47.8%
Female Share of the Population52.2%
Senior Citizens16%
Employed Population 16+5,626
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married34.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.7%
Median Earnings25+$29,037
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,317
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,291

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,694
% Above Poverty Level75%
% Below Poverty Level25%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.9%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone28.6%
Median Gross Rent$753
Median House Value$123,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)72%
Irish2.8%
English2.3%
German1.7%
Canadian0.9%
Italian0.9%
French Except Basque0.5%
African0.5%
Scottish0.2%
Sierra Leone0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Polish0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
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Canton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Madison County
Standard Zip Codes39046
Phone Area Codes601
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude32.61
Approximate Longitude-90.03

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)

StationCANTON 4 N
Distance3.8 miles
Jan Temp35 to 55 F
Apr Temp52 to 76 F
Jul Temp71 to 93 F
Oct Temp51 to 77 F
Annual Precip55.7 inches
StationPELAHATCHIE
Distance25.2 miles
Jan Temp35 to 58 F
Apr Temp51 to 76 F
Jul Temp70 to 91 F
Oct Temp51 to 78 F
Annual Precip60.6 inches
StationYAZOO CITY 5 NNE
Distance28.3 miles
Jan Temp35 to 55 F
Apr Temp53 to 76 F
Jul Temp72 to 92 F
Oct Temp54 to 77 F
Annual Precip59.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bentonia454$44,688
Flora2,058$33,393
Flowood8,532$76,150
Madison25,473$116,977
Pickens800$19,375
Ridgeland24,338$70,138

Canton Public Libraries

Madison County Library System
102 PRIESTLEY STREET
Canton, Mississippi
(601) 859-3202

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Canton Hospitals

Madison River Oaks Med Ctr-er
161 River Oaks Dr
(601) 855-4000
Madison County Medical Center
(Proprietary)
1421 East Peace Street
(601) 859-1331

Canton Public Schools

Canton Career Center
487 North Union Extension
ZIP: 39046
(601) 859-3984
High
Canton Educational Services Center
529 N. Mace Street
ZIP: 39046
(601) 859-3741
Other
Canton Elementary School
740 East Academy Street
ZIP: 39046
(601) 859-2400
Primary
Total Enrollment 359
Canton Public High School
634 Finney Road
ZIP: 39046
(601) 859-5325
High
Total Enrollment 843
Huey L. Porter Middle School
551 Finney Road
ZIP: 39046
(601) 407-1819
Middle
Total Enrollment 345
Jimmie M. Goodloe Elementary School
551 Finney Road
ZIP: 39046
(601) 407-1810
Primary
Total Enrollment 518
Luther Branson School
3903 Highway 16 E
ZIP: 39046
(601) 859-2743
Primary
Total Enrollment 241
Madison Crossing Elementary
300 Yandell Road
ZIP: 39046
(601) 898-7710
Primary
Total Enrollment 688
Mc Neal Elementary School
364 Martin Luther King Drive
ZIP: 39046
(601) 859-3654
Primary
Total Enrollment 578
Nichols Middle School
529 North Mace Street
ZIP: 39046
(601) 859-3741
Middle
Total Enrollment 393
Northeast Madison Middle School
820 Sulphur Springs Road
ZIP: 39046
(601) 855-2406
Middle
Total Enrollment 229
Reuben B. Myers Canton School Of Ar
357 Old Yazoo Road
ZIP: 39046
(601) 855-7819
Primary
Total Enrollment 514

Canton Private Schools

Canton Academy
1 Nancy Dr
ZIP: 39046
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 294
First Presbyterian Kindergarten
202 E Peace St
ZIP: 39046
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
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