Canton, MS
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Canton is a somewhat small city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 13,676 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Canton is the 31st largest community in Mississippi.

Canton real estate is some of the most expensive in Mississippi, although Canton house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities, Canton isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Canton are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Canton is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Canton who work in sales jobs (10.57%), office and administrative support (10.47%), and food service (9.98%).

The overall crime rate in Canton is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.

The education level of Canton citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.83% of adults 25 and older in Canton have a college degree.

The per capita income in Canton in 2010 was $18,055, which is middle income relative to Mississippi, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $72,220 for a family of four. However, Canton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Canton is a very ethnically-diverse city. 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 Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Canton include Irish, German, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

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