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". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
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 35.34 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.
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.
Canton also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.06%.
The most common language spoken in Canton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Slavic languages.