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Canton, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Canton had a population of 4,273 as of July 1, 2018. Canton ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Canton is located at latitude 35.5388 and longitude -82.8486 in Haywood County. 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. Haywood County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,615 feet.

The Town of Canton (GNIS ID: 2405375) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Canton is located within Township of Beaverdam, a minor civil division (MCD) of Haywood County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Canton population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Canton: Buford, Pigeon River.


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Canton, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)

POPULATION

Total Population 4,273
Population in Households 4,203
Population in Familes 3,343
Population in Group Qrtrs 70
Population Density1 1,149
Diversity Index2 26
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $40,574
Average Household Income $52,341
Per Capita Income $21,983

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 2,079 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,190 (57.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 599 (28.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 290 (13.9%)
Median Home Value $146,619
Average Home Value $176,955
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 1,789
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 1,136
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  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 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.37% 0.56%
Households 0.19% 0.45%
Families 0.51% 0.37%
Median Household Income   3.18%
Per Capita Income   2.75%

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, 2018 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 # 181 76th
Population Density # 177 76th
Diversity Index # 577 22nd
Median Household Income # 440 41st
Per Capita Income # 452 39th

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