Canton, NY
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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. Much of the housing stock in Canton was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

Canton is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 88.61% 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 (24.89%), office and administrative support (14.47%), and sales jobs (8.61%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.12% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Canton is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Canton area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Canton maintain a good 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 15.96 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Canton ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Canton, 44.02% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Canton in 2010 was $19,941, 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 $79,764 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 German, Italian, English, and French .

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