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Canton, Ohio - Basic Facts

The City of Canton is the 8th largest city in Ohio with a population of 71,947 as of July 1, 2020. Canton ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Ohio. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Canton is located at latitude 40.7989 and longitude -81.3784 in Stark County. The formal boundaries for the City of Canton encompass a land area of 25.51 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Stark County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,056 feet.

The City of Canton (GNIS ID: 1086974) has a C2 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place legally coextensive with a county subdivision but treated as independent of any county subdivision. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.


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Canton, OH Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 71,947 (100%)
Population in Households 69,383 (96.4%)
Population in Families 50,654 (70.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 2,564 ( 3.6%)
Population Density 2,752
Diversity Index2 52
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $32,040
Average Household Income $45,552
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $19,057
Wealth Index5 38
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 35,113 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,817 (42.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,755 (42.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,541 (15.8%)
Median Home Value $77,781
Average Home Value $100,413
Housing Affordability Index3 220
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 29,572
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 16,521
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.22% -0.17%
Households -0.13% -0.11%
Families -0.44% -0.33%
Median Household Income   1.19%
Per Capita Income   1.57%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.22%

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Canton, OH - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Canton to the other 1,215 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Ohio by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 8 99th
Population Density # 115 91st
Median Household Income # 1180 3rd
Housing Affordability Index # 524 43rd
Per Capita Income # 1154 5th
Diversity Index # 54 96th

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