Canton is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 23,805 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Canton is the 88th largest community in Massachusetts.
Canton home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Canton real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Canton is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.09% 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 (14.29%), business and financial occupations (10.52%), and office and administrative support (10.13%).
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.
In addition, Canton is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Because of many things, Canton is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Canton really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Canton perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
In Canton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.34 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Canton is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Canton area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
If knowledge is power, Canton is a pretty powerful place. 55.13% of the adults in Canton have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Canton in 2018 was $53,633, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $214,532 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 Irish, Italian, English, German, and Polish.
In addition, Canton has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.06%).
The most common language spoken in Canton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Slavic languages.