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 89.91% 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 (16.48%), business and financial occupations (10.79%), and office and administrative support (9.99%).

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.

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.

In Canton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.90 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. 54.25% 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 2010 was $48,697, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $194,788 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.