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Canton, MA
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Canton profile


Living in Canton



Canton is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 24,609 people and six associated neighborhoods, Canton is the 82nd 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.

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 19.66% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Canton is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the 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 34.84 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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Canton, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Canton is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 61.91% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Canton in 2018 was $71,858, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $287,432 for a family of four.

Canton is a very 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Canton include Irish, Italian, English, German, and Polish.

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