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Canton, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Canton is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Haywood County at latitude 35.5388 and longitude -82.8486. Haywood County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,615 feet.

The formal official name is the Town of Canton, but most people and references simply refer to it as Canton, North Carolina.

The P1 Census Class Code for Canton indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the Town of Canton (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.72 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Canton: Buford, Pigeon River.

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Canton, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 4,365
Population in Households 4,287
Population in Familes 3,395
Population in Group Qrtrs 78
Population Density1 1,156
Diversity Index2 25


Total Households 1,846
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 1,177
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,141 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,270 (59.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 576 (26.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 295 (13.8%)
Median Home Value $132,135
Average Home Value $144,495


Median Household Income $39,425
Average Household Income $48,193
Per Capita Income $20,168
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.76% 0.65%
Households 0.71% 0.65%
Families 1.41% 0.52%
Median Household Income   2.82%
Per Capita Income   1.68%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Canton, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Canton to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 172 77th
Population Density1 # 171 77th
Diversity Index2 # 573 23rd
Median Household Income # 355 52nd
Per Capita Income # 387 48th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.