Canton, Ohio, the county seat of Stark County, is a mid-size city with big city amenities and national attractions. Known for its affordable housing, centralized locale, and business and economy, Canton may be best known as the official home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and potentially your home too.
With a population of 73,007 as of the the 2010 U.S. Census, Canton is the eighth largest Ohio city. It is located within the Canton-Massillon Metropolitan Statistical Area, a population center of 404,422. There are 29,705 Canton households and 17,127 families residing within the city.
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Canton’s average home value is almost half the national average, making the city a very affordable place to call home. Canton is home to several charming and historic neighborhoods, including Crystal Park, Dueber, Harter Heights, Highland Park, Market Heights, Newton Zone, Ridgewood, Summit, West Park and West Branch Park.
Canton’s economy is diverse and incorporates retail, education, finance, healthcare and tourism.
Canton is a mid-size city with several large corporations, including the Timken Company, a leader in the tapered roller bearing and specialty steel markets. Other large corporations include Belden-Brick Company, Diebold, Nickles Bakery, Park Farms and Shearer’s Foods.
Impacting Canton’s economy is the tourism industry. Every summer thousands of people attend the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival. The site of the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton is a feast for football fans across the nation throughout the year.
The Stark Development Board and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce work as advocates for business growth and relocation. The Stark County Convention and Visitors Bureau, a subsidiary of the chamber, works to attract vacationers and festival goers.
The majority of Canton’s students are served by the Canton City School District. A small portion of Canton’s students north of 17th Street attend Plain Local School District. Two large Catholic high schools, St. Thomas Aquinas and Canton Central Catholic High School, both outside the city limits, serve those seeking a parochial education. Catholic grade schools within the city limits include St. Peter, St. Joseph and Our Lady of Peace. Heritage Christian School, serving students from kindergarten through 12th grade, is a private school option. Higher education options within the city include Malone University and a campus of Stark State College, used by Early College high school students on the Timken High campus. Nearby are Mount Union University, Kent State University’s Stark Campus, Stark State College and Walsh University.
With its accessible access to important commerce routes, Canton is central. Interstate 77, which runs from Cleveland into South Carolina, courses through Canton. U.S. Route 30 connects Canton along the east-west road, giving easy access to Interstate 71. U.S. Routes 62 connects Canton to Pennsylvania to the east and to Columbus and points southwest. Other important roads include state routes 43, 153, 172, 297, 627 and 800.
Train freight services are provided by Norfolk Southern and the Wheeling and Lake Erie railroads. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has a depot in downtown Canton and provides sightseeing tours.
Canton is served by the Akron Canton Regional Airport, one of the nation’s fastest growing airports.
Canton was founded in 1805. It is on the west and middle branches of the Nimishillen Creek. Canton’s Monument Park is a picturesque setting with the Nimishillen Creek running through the center. The park encompasses the McKinley National Monument.
Canton was President William McKinley’s adopted home. He started his political career in Canton, serving as the county prosecutor. From his Canton front porch, his conducted his presidential campaigns, following a stint as Ohio governor. He married Canton’s Ida Saxton and it is her family home that serves as the First Ladies Museum.
Canton’s cultural arts are vibrant and center around the Canton Museum of Art and the city’s arts district with five art galleries, 22 artist studios and community theatre. The area is home to the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Canton Ballet.
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