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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.

People

Total Population 13,413
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 14.4%
Employed Population 16+ 5,529
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 35.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $43,813
% Above Poverty Level 73.3%
% Below Poverty Level 26.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.9%
Median Gross Rent $713
Median House Value $124,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 73.9%
US/American 0%
English 3.2%
Irish 2.7%

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

Canton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles N of Jackson, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 175 miles S of Memphis, Tennessee
County Madison
Metro Area Jackson
Standard Zip Codes 39046
Phone Area Codes 601
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.612
Longitude -90.036

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 CANTON 4 N
Distance 3.8 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 55 F
Apr Temp 52 to 76 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 51 to 77 F
Annual Precip 55.7 inches
Station PELAHATCHIE
Distance 25.2 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 58 F
Apr Temp 51 to 76 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 60.6 inches
Station YAZOO CITY 5 NNE
Distance 28.3 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 55 F
Apr Temp 53 to 76 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 77 F
Annual Precip 59.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Farmhaven (39046)

Way (39046)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bentonia 521 $44,219
Flora 1,954 $32,197
Flowood 8,385 $65,576
Madison 25,167 $111,298
Pickens 818 $22,656
Ridgeland 24,276 $70,540

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

Canton Public Libraries

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

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Canton Hospitals

MADISON COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
1421 EAST PEACE ST
(601) 855-5323
Emergency Service: Yes

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Canton High Schools

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CANTON PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL
634 FINNEY ROAD
601-859-5325
A Title I School.
Serves 901 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

CANTON CAREER CENTER
487 NORTH UNION EXTENSION
601-859-3984
A Vocational School

MADISON CO VOC COMPLEX
1633 W PEACE STREET
601-859-6847
A Vocational School

CANTON EDUCATIONAL SERVICES CENTER
434 SOUTH TROLIO STREET
601-859-5010
A Non-traditional School

MADISON CO. ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
1633 WEST PEACE STREET
601-859-0367
A Non-traditional School

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