Canton, MA
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Canton is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 22,817 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Canton is the 88th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Canton are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.

Canton is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.28% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Canton is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Canton who work in management occupations (15.60%), office and administrative support (10.40%), and business and financial occupations (9.94%).

Also of interest is that Canton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Canton is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Canton a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Canton has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Canton’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Canton is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Canton, the average commute to work is 35.68 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Canton is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Canton, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Canton. 52.45% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Canton in 2010 was $48,104, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $192,416 for a family of four.

Canton is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Canton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Canton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Canton include Italian, English, German, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Canton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.