Canton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 70,909 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Canton is the eighth largest community in Ohio. Much of the housing stock in Canton was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities 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 city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Canton who work in office and administrative support (13.13%), sales jobs (9.79%), and food service (9.67%).
A lot of people in Canton take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Canton, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Canton rank slightly lower than the national average. 13.99% of adults 25 and older in Canton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Canton in 2010 was $18,279, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $73,116 for a family of four. Canton also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.70% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Canton is an extremely 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 White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Canton include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Canton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.