West Canton, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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West Canton, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The West Canton Census Designated Place had a population of 1,245 as of July 1, 2016. West Canton ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for West Canton is located at latitude 35.5384 and longitude -82.8671 in Haywood County. The formal boundaries for the West Canton Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.37 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Haywood County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,726 feet.

The West Canton Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2402999) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The West Canton Census Designated Place is located within Township of Beaverdam, a minor civil division (MCD) of Haywood County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West Canton population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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West Canton, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,245
Population in Households 1,245
Population in Familes 1,030
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 907
Diversity Index2 9


Total Households 510
Average Household Size 2.44
Family Households 351
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 564 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 382 (67.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 128 (22.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 54 ( 9.6%)
Median Home Value $131,311
Average Home Value $143,373


Median Household Income $38,056
Average Household Income $49,737
Per Capita Income $20,285
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.04% 0.03%
Households -0.09% 0.0%
Families -0.32% -0.06%
Median Household Income   -0.81%
Per Capita Income   1.16%
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.

West Canton, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Canton to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 402 46th
Population Density1 # 263 65th
Diversity Index2 # 724 2nd
Median Household Income # 431 42nd
Per Capita Income # 460 38th

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