Canton, NC
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Living in Canton


Canton is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 4,272 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Canton is the 184th largest community in North Carolina.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Canton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Canton is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Canton who work in sales jobs (16.45%), food service (13.52%), and healthcare (10.55%).

In Canton, just 12.68% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Canton in 2010 was $22,661, which is middle income relative to North Carolina, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $90,644 for a family of four. However, Canton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 English, Irish, German, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.

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