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City of Canton
—  City  —
Skyline of downtown Canton from William McKinley Monument in Monument Park.
Nickname(s): Hall of Fame City
Location within the state of Ohio
Coordinates: 40°48′18″N 81°22′33″W / 40.805°N 81.37583°W / 40.805; -81.37583Coordinates: 40°48′18″N 81°22′33″W / 40.805°N 81.37583°W / 40.805; -81.37583
Country United States
State Ohio
County Stark
Founded 1805
Incorporated 1815 (village)
- 1854 (city)
 - Mayor William J. Healy II (D) [1]
 - City 20.6 sq mi (53.3 km2)
 - Land 20.6 sq mi (53.3 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,060 ft (323 m)
Population (2008)[2][3]
 - City 78,362
 Density 3,932.1/sq mi (1,518.2/km2)
 Metro 407,653
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 44700-44799
Area code(s) 330/234
FIPS code 39-12000[4]
GNIS feature ID 1048580[5]

Canton is the county seat of Stark County[6] in northeastern Ohio, approximately 24 miles (39 km) south of Akron[7] and 60 miles (97 km) south of Cleveland.[8]

Founded in 1805 on the West and Middle Branches of the Nimishillen Creek, Canton became a manufacturing center because of its numerous railroad lines. After the decline of heavy manufacturing, the city's industry diversified into service economy, including retailing, education, finance, and healthcare.

The population was 80,806 at the 2000 census, but according to a 2008 census estimate, the population has declined to 78,362. Despite this decline, the 2008 figure actually had moved Canton up from 9th to 7th place among Ohio cities, as nearby Youngstown in neighboring Mahoning County, once considerably more populous than Canton, had suffered a larger decline. According to the US Census 2008 estimate, the Canton-Massillon, Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area has a total population of 407,653 residents.

Canton is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the McKinley National Memorial, the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, and the First Ladies National Historic Site.



Burial site of President William McKinley

Canton was founded in 1805. quotes Kim Kenney, the curator of the William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, whose information came from E.T. Heald's series, The Stark County Story, as saying that Canton was incorporated as a village in 1822, and then as a city in 1838. However, the history page of the City of Canton's web page gives the date for incorporation as a village as being in 1815, as a town in 1834, and as a city in 1854.[9]

Bezaleel Wells, the surveyor who divided the land of the town, named it after Canton (an antiquated transliteration for Guangzhou), China. The name was a memorial to a trader named John O'Donnell, whom Wells admired. O'Donnell had named his Maryland plantation after the Chinese city, as he had been the first person to transport goods from there to Baltimore.

Canton was the adopted home of President William McKinley. Born in Niles, McKinley first practiced law in Canton around 1867, and was prosecuting attorney of Stark County from 1869 to 1871. The city was his home during his successful campaign for Ohio governor, the site of his front-porch presidential campaign of 1896 and the campaign of 1900. Canton is now the site of the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum and the McKinley National Memorial, dedicated in 1907.



Canton is located at 40°48′18″N 81°22′33″W / 40.805°N 81.37583°W / 40.805; -81.37583 (40.804958, -81.375792)[10], at an elevation of 1060 feet (323 m).[11] Nimishillen Creek and its East, Middle and West Branches flow through the city.[12]

Canton is bordered by Plain Township and North Canton to the north, Meyers Lake and Perry Township to the west, Canton Township to the South, and Nimishillen Township, Osnaburg Township and East Canton to the east. Annexations were approved in December 2006 extending Canton's eastern boundary to East Canton's border.[13][14]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.6 square miles (53.3 km2), of which, 20.5 square miles (53.2 km2) of it is land and 0.05% is water.


Canton has a humid continental climate (Koppen climate classification Dfa), typical of much of the Midwestern United States, with very warm, humid summers and cold winters. Winters tend to be cold, with average January high temperatures of 32°F (0°C), and average January lows of 17°F (–8°C), with considerable variation in temperatures. During a typical January, high temperatures of over 50°F (10°C) are just as common as low temperatures of below 0°F (–18°C). Snowfall is lighter than the snowbelt areas to the north, but is still somewhat influenced by Lake Erie. Akron-Canton Airport generally averages 46.7 inches (119 cm) of snow per winter. Springs are short with rapid transition from hard winter to warm, sometimes humid and muggy summers. Summers tend to be warm, sometimes hot, with average July high temperatures of 82°F (28°C), and average July low of 61°F (16°C). Summer weather is more stable, generally humid with thunderstorms fairly common. Temperatures reach or exceed 90°F (32°C) about 9 times each summer, on average.[15] Fall usually is the dryest season with many clear warm days and cool nights. The all-time record high in the Akron-Canton area of 104°F (40°C) was established on August 6, 1918, and the all-time record low of –25°F (–32°C) was set on January 19, 1994.[16]

Climate data for Canton, Ohio
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 73
Average high °F (°C) 32
Average low °F (°C) 17
Record low °F (°C) -25
Rainfall inches (mm) 2.49
Snowfall inches (mm) 13.3
Source: The Weather Channel and National Weather Service[16][17][18] November 2008


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1850 2,603
1860 4,041 55.2%
1870 8,660 114.3%
1880 12,258 41.5%
1890 26,189 113.6%
1900 30,667 17.1%
1910 50,217 63.7%
1920 87,091 73.4%
1930 104,906 20.5%
1940 108,401 3.3%
1950 116,912 7.9%
1960 113,631 −2.8%
1970 110,053 −3.1%
1980 93,077 −15.4%
1990 84,161 −9.6%
2000 80,806 −4.0%
Est. 2008 78,362 −3.0%
Population 1850-1950.[19]
Population 1960-2000.[20]
Location of the Canton-Massillon Metropolitan Statistical Area in Ohio

Canton is the largest principal city of the Canton-Massillon Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan area that covers Carroll and Stark counties[21] and had a combined population of 406,934 at the 2000 census.[4]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 80,806 people, 32,489 households, and 19,785 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,932.1 people per square mile (1,518.2/km2). There were 35,502 housing units at an average density of 1,728.0/sq mi (667.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 74.45% White, 21.04% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 3.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.24% of the population.

There were 32,489 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.1% were married couples living together, 19.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.1% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,730, and the median income for a family was $35,680. Males had a median income of $30.628 versus $21,581 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,544. About 15.4% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.4% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.


Canton works under a Mayor–Council government and it is the largest city in Ohio to operate without a charter. The City council is divided among 9 wards with 3 at-large seats and the council president. The current mayor is William J. Healy II.


Production of Half-track armoured cars in a converted automobile plant. Diebold Safe and Lock Company, Canton, Ohio.

The Canton area's economy is primarily industrial, with a significant agricultural segment. The city is home to the Timken Company, a major manufacturer of tapered roller bearings and specialty steel. Several other large companies operate in the greater-Canton area, including are Belden Brick Company (brick and masonry producer) and Diebold (ATMs, electronic voting devices, and bank vaults). The area is also home to several regional food producers, including Nickles Bakery (baked goods), Park Farms (poultry) and Shearers (snack foods). Poultry production and dairy farming are also important segments of the Canton-area economy.

As in many industrial areas of the United States, employment in the manufacturing sector is in a state of long-term decline. LTV Steel (formerly Republic Steel) had been a large employer before its bankruptcy in 2000. In 2004, the Timken Company proposed moving its Canton-based bearing production to plants in the South. While Timken's steel production remains centered around Canton, this has struck a blow to the economy and the city's image and pride. The Hoover Company (vacuum and floor cleaners) had been an iconic part of North Canton for more than 50 years. It was purchased by Techtronics Industries Co Ltd from the Whirlpool Corporation in January 2007, resulting in the June 2007 closure of the original North Canton site. In response to these manufacturing losses, the area is undergoing a transition to a retail and service-based economy.

Canton, like many mid-size American cities, has lost most of its downtown retail business to the suburbs. The lion's share of the Canton area's retail is located in the general vicinity of the Westfield Belden Village Mall in Jackson Township. In recent years, the downtown area has seen some rejuvenation, with cafes, restaurants, and art galleries springing up. Despite the exodus of most of the city's retail to the Belden Village area, a few retail centers remain in Canton (at or near the city limits). Tuscarawas Street (Lincoln Way), a leg of the Lincoln Highway connecting Canton with neighboring Massillon, is home to the Canton Centre Mall and several retail outlets of varying size. A vein of commerce runs along Whipple Ave, connecting the Canton Centre area with the Belden Village area. A similar vein runs north from the downtown area, along Cleveland and Market Avenues. Connecting Cleveland and Market Avenues is a small shopping district on 30th St. NW, and retail lines the Route 62 corridor leading from Canton to Louisville and Alliance.

Arts and education

The Canton Museum of Art, founded in 1935, is a broad-based community arts organization designed to encourage and promote the fine arts in Canton. The museum focuses on 19th and 20th Century American artists, specifically works on paper, and on American ceramics, beginning in the 1950s. The museum sponsors annual shows of work of high school students in Canton and Stark County, and financial scholarships are awarded. Educational Outreach programs take the museum off-site to libraries, parochial schools, area public schools, five inner city schools and a school for students with behavioral disorders.

Canton's K-12 students are primarily served by the Canton City School District, although students north of 17th St. NW have an overlap with Plain Local School District. Canton Local School District serves the better part of South Canton. Malone University, a private, four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, is located on 25th St. N.W. Catholic-run Walsh University is located nearby in North Canton. Stark State College and a branch of Kent State University are also nearby, in Jackson Township. Also, in downtown Canton, there is a small annex for Stark State College to be used by the Early College High School students who attend Timken High School.

The city is also served by two Catholic high schools --- St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Central Catholic High School (located in Perry Township). Perry Township is also home to Perry High School which serves students from both the Massillon and Canton area. Catholic grade schools within the city limits of Canton are St. Peter, St. Joseph, and Our Lady of Peace. There is also Heritage Christian School (K-12), a Christian grade school and high school. Canton Country Day School is another private elementary school in the city of Canton. Also within the city limits is the private Canton Montessori School, which teaches according to the Montessori Plan for education proposed by Maria Montessori in the early 20th century.



Canton is served in print by The Repository, the city's only newspaper.


Canton, like Akron to the north, is part of the Cleveland television market. However, due to its proximity to Youngstown, it is not uncommon for residents to receive stations from that area as well via over-the-air television transmissions.

There are also 3 television stations that are licensed to Canton, though none of them are major network affiliates.

  • Channel 17: WDLI - (TBN) - serving Canton/Akron/Cleveland - Christian
  • Channel 47: WRLM - (TCT) - Canton - Christian
  • Channel 52: WIVM-LP - (RTV) - Canton - Local, independent

Canton also has a cable television public access channel, Canton City Schools TV 11. The content varies based on the viewer's location. Citizens located in North Canton will see North Canton's programming instead of Canton City's. Those within the borders of Plain Local Schools will see Eagle Television's programming.





West Manor (Perry Township) Canton Address

  • West Park
  • West Branch Park


The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio

Canton is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The American Professional Football Association, the forerunner of the NFL, was founded in a Canton car dealership on September 17, 1920.

Every summer, Canton holds the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival, which includes a hot air balloon festival, ribs burn-off, fashion show, community parade, Sunday morning race, enshrinenee dinner, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Grande Parade, and culminates in the enshrinement of the new inductees and then the NFL Hall of Fame Game, a pre-season exhibition between teams representing the AFC and the NFC at Fawcett Stadium.[22] Fawcett, used during the regular season by McKinley and Timken high schools in Canton (as well as some other area schools and colleges) has been recognized by The Sporting News. The Canton Bulldogs were an NFL football team that played from 1920-1923 skipped 1924 season then played 1925 to '26 before folding.

Three of the OHSAA state final football games are hosted in Canton at Fawcett Stadium. The other three take place in nearby Massillon, Ohio, at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

The Canton Legends play in the American Indoor Football Association at the Canton Civic Center, although operations were suspended for the 2009 season. The Continental Indoor Football League also has offices in Canton.

The Canton Invaders of the National Professional Soccer League II and American Indoor Soccer Association played home games at the Canton Memorial Civic Center from 1984 until 1996, winning five league championships.

Canton has been home to professional baseball on several occasions. A number of minor league teams called Canton home in the early 1900s, including the Canton Terriers in the 1920s and '30s. The Canton-Akron Indians were the AA affiliate of the major league Cleveland Indians for nine years, playing at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium until the team relocated north to Akron following the 1996 season. Two independent minor league teams, the Canton Crocodiles and the Canton Coyotes, both members of the Frontier League, called Munson Stadium home for several years afterward. The Crocodiles, who won the league championship in their inaugural season in 1997, moved to Washington, Pennsylvania, in 2002, and the Coyotes moved to Columbia, Missouri, in 2003, after just one season in Canton.


Canton is well connected to the Interstate Highway System. Several highway exits from Interstate 77 connect travelers to Canton from Columbia, South Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, Charleston, West Virginia and points south, and from Cleveland, Ohio, Akron, Ohio and points north.

Two limited-access highways serve Canton. Several highway exits from U.S. Route 30 connect travelers to Canton from Fort Wayne, Indiana and points west, and from Atlantic City, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and points east. Several local highway exits from U.S. Route 62 connect travelers to Canton from Columbus, Ohio and points southwest, and from Youngstown, Ohio and points northeast.

The city has several arterial roads. Ohio 43 (Market Avenue, Walnut Avenue and Cherry Avenue), Ohio 153 (12th Street and Mahoning Road), Ohio 172 (Tuscarawas Street) / The Lincoln Highway, Ohio 297 (Whipple Avenue and Raff Avenue), Ohio 627 (Faircrest Street), Ohio 687 (Fulton Drive), and Ohio 800 (Cleveland Avenue) / A.K.A. Old Route 8.

Public transportation is provided by the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA).

Akron-Canton Regional Airport (IATA: CAK, IACO: KCAK) is a commercial Class C airport located 10 miles (16 km) north of the city, between Canton and Akron.

Popular culture

On the July 21, 2008, Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report made a comment about John McCain making a campaign stop in Canton, Ohio, and "not the crappy Canton in Georgia."[23] The comment resulted in a local uproar, with the Canton, Georgia, mayor insisting Colbert had never visited the town along with an invitation for him to do so.[23] On July 30, 2008, Colbert apologized for the story, insisting that he was incorrect and that the "real" crappy Canton was Canton, Kansas, after which he made several jokes at the Kansas town's expense.[24][25] On August 5, Colbert apologized to citizens of Canton, Georgia and Canton, Kansas, then directing his derision on Canton, South Dakota. Colbert later went on to offer a half-hearted apology to Canton, South Dakota before proceeding to mock Canton, Texas. On October 28, Colbert turned his attention back to Canton, Ohio after Barack Obama made a campaign stop there, forcing Colbert to find it "crappy."

In 2009, the city was mistakenly listed on Google's map service as "Colesville".[26] A rumor that the mistake was the result of a prank by rival football fans was denied by Google spokeswoman Elaine Filadelfo.[27]

According to a February 2010 article in Forbes magazine, Canton ranked as the 9th most miserable city in the United States.[28]

Notable natives


  1. ^ Mayor: City of Canton Retrieved 2007-01-02.
  2. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Ohio, Listed Alphabetically: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  4. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Driving Directions from Canton, Ohio to Akron, Ohio". Mapquest. June 5, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  8. ^ "Driving Directions from Canton, Ohio to Cleveland, Ohio". Mapquest. 2007-06-05. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  9. ^ and About Us - General Information. City of Canton, Ohio.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Geographic Names Information System entry for Canton". Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  12. ^ DeLorme (1991). Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-233-1.
  13. ^ - Canton and Stark County News
  14. ^ - Canton and Stark County News
  15. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Akron, Ohio". Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  16. ^ a b Monthly Averages for Canton, OH. The Weather Channel. Retrieved on 2008-11-10.
  17. ^ Akron/Canton Climate Page. National Weather Service. Retrieved on 2008-11-10.
  18. ^ NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data. National Weather Service. Retrieved on 2010-03-07.
  19. ^ "Census of population and housing 1790-2000". The United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  20. ^ "Popular Annual Financial Report" (PDF). City of Canton, Ohio. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  21. ^ Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Components, Office of Management and Budget, 2007-05-11. Accessed 2008-07-30.
  22. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival
  23. ^ a b Gumbrecht, Jamie (2008-07-23). "Colbert's 'crappy Canton' comment puzzles mayor". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 
  24. ^ Crawley, Paul (2008-07-31). "Colbert Apologizes To Canton... Sort Of". WXIA-TV. 
  25. ^ "Stephen Colbert slams Canton, Kansas". Kansas City Star. 2008-07-31. "In "apologizing" to Canton, Ga., on Wednesday's "The Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert slammed Canton, Kan." 
  26. ^ "Google maps goof calls Canton, Ohio, ’Colesville’". Arizona Daily Star. Associated Press. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  27. ^ Pritchard, Edd (Oct 27, 2009). "Mr. Wells called it Canton, Google calls it Colesville". The (Canton) Repository. Retrieved 2009-11-08. "Folks at Google offices in California already have heard rumors that the name change somehow is related to the McKinley-Massillon football game this weekend. That’s not the case, Filadelfo said several times. “It’s simply an error when the map was being labeled,” she said." 
  28. ^ [|Badenhausen, Kurt] (2010-02-18). "America's Most Miserable Cities". Forbe's. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 

External links

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

CANTON, a city and the county-seat of Stark county, Ohio, U.S.A., on Nimishillen Creek, 60 m. S. by E. of Cleveland. Pop. (1890) 26,189; (1900) 30,667, of whom 4018 were foreign-born; and (1910) 50,217. It is served by the Pennsylvania, the Baltimore & Ohio, and the Wheeling & Lake Erie railways, and is connected by an interurban electric system with all the important cities and towns within a radius of 50 m. It lies at an elevation of about 1030 ft. above sea-level, in a wheat-growing region, in which bituminous coal, limestone, and brick and potter's clay abound. Meyer's Lake in the vicinity is a summer attraction. The principal buildings are the post-office, courthouse, city hall, an auditorium with a seating capacity of 5000, a Masonic building, an Oddfellows' temple, a Y.M.C.A. building and several handsome churches. On Monument Hill, in West Lawn Cemetery, in a park of 26 acres - a site which President McKinley had suggested for a monument to the soldiers and sailors of Stark county - there is a beautiful monument to the memory of McKinley, who lived in Canton. This memorial is built principally of Milford (Mass.) granite, with a bronze statue of the president, and with sarcophagi containing the bodies of the president and Mrs McKinley, and has a total height, from the first step of the approaches to its top, of 163 ft. 6 in., the mausoleum itself being 98 ft. 6 in. high and 78 ft. 9 in. in diameter; it was dedicated on the 30th of September 1907, when an address was delivered by President Roosevelt. Another monument commemorates the American soldiers of the Spanish-American War. Among the city's manufactures are agricultural implements, iron bridges and other structural iron work, watches and watch-cases, steel, engines, safes, locks, cutlery, hardware, wagons, carriages, paving-bricks, furniture, dental and surgical chairs, paint and varnish, clay-working machinery and saw-mill machinery. The value of the factory product in 1905 was $10,591,143, being 10 6% more than the product value of 1900. Canton was laid out as a town in 1805, became the county-seat in 1808, was incorporated as a village in 1822 and in 1854 V S chartered as a city.

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Coordinates: 40°47′56″N 81°22′42″W / 40.79889°N 81.37833°W / 40.79889; -81.37833
 - Land 54.4 km2 (21 sq mi)
Population (2000)US Census Bureau
 - Total 80,806
 Density 1,518.5/km2 (3,933.0/sq mi)

Canton is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Stark County. Canton became a city in 1822. It was the home of president William McKinley, The Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton.[1]


  1. "Canton (Ohio)." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. 2010. Grolier Online. 16 Apr. 2010 <>.

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