Canton is a somewhat small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 6,570 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Canton is the 272nd largest community in New York. Canton has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages.
Canton is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 90.59% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Canton is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Canton who work in teaching (30.48%), office and administrative support (12.92%), and sales jobs (9.05%).
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 small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Canton to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
Residents of the village have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.17 minutes getting to work every day.
Canton is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 46.71% of adults in Canton have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Canton in 2010 was $18,732, which is low income relative to New York, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $74,928 for a family of four. However, Canton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Canton is a somewhat ethnically-diverse village. 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 Italian, German, English, and French .
The most common language spoken in Canton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.