Canton, MA
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Canton profile


Living in Canton


Canton is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 23,805 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Canton is the 88th largest community in Massachusetts.

Canton home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Canton real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Canton is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.09% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Canton is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Canton who work in management occupations (14.29%), business and financial occupations (10.52%), and office and administrative support (10.13%).

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.

In addition, Canton is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Canton is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Canton a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Canton has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Canton’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Canton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.34 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Canton is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Canton area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Canton. 55.13% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Canton in 2018 was $53,633, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $214,532 for a family of four.

Canton is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Canton include Irish, Italian, English, German, and Polish.

In addition, Canton has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.06%).

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