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Canton is a city in and the county seat of Stark County, Ohio, United States. Founded in 1805 alongside the Middle and West Branches of Nimishillen Creek, Canton became a heavy manufacturing center because of its numerous railroad lines. However, its status in that regard began to decline during the late 20th century, as shifts in the manufacturing industry led to the relocation or repositioning of many factories. After this decline, the city's industry diversified into the service economy, including retailing, education, finance and healthcare. Canton is located approximately 24 miles (39 km) south of Akron, and 60 miles (97 km) south of Cleveland, in the northeastern part of Ohio. Canton lies on the outskirts of the greater northeast Ohio metropolitan area anchored by Cleveland, and is also a short distance away from the periphery of the greater Pittsburgh area. The city lies on the edge of Ohio's extensive Amish country, particularly in Holmes and Wayne counties to the city's west and southwest. Canton is located along Interstate 77, U.S. Route 62, and the historic Lincoln Highway, the present-day U.S. Route 30, and is also the terminus of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. As of the 2010 Census, the city of Canton is the largest incorporated area in the Canton-Massillon, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes all of Stark and Carroll counties. The CMMSA reported a population of 404,422. Canton's city population declined 9.7%, down to 73,007 residents. Despite this decline, the 2010 figure actually moved Canton from ninth to eighth place among Ohio cities. Nearby Youngstown in Mahoning County, once considerably more populous than Canton, suffered a larger decline. Canton is chiefly notable for two reasons: the first is football, especially the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the formation in 1920 of what eventually became the National Football League. The second is William McKinley, who conducted from his home in Canton the famed front porch campaign which won him the presidency of the United States in the 1896 election. The McKinley National Memorial and the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum commemorate his life and presidency. Canton was chosen as the site of the First Ladies National Historic Site largely in honor of his wife, Ida Saxton McKinley.

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Owing to a vast network of rail lines, Canton went on to becoming a heavy manufacturing center. Due to various factors, three was a shift in the city’s pioneering industries, then transforming this manufacturing center into a service industry. Hence, there was a sudden rise in the number of retail, education, health care industries, among others that lead to a good settlement scene of the city. It experiences a humid continental climate, with very summers and cold winters. Thus, the best time to visit Canton would ideally be the spring and fall months.

What to see in Canton? There is myriad variety including museums, theaters, parks, and some heritage sites, that make this city a history buff’s favorite. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is one of the main attractions of Canton, which is essentially the hall of fame for professional American football. Then there is the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum that is a presidential library.

 

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Facts and Stats for Canton*

  • Pollution Statistics in Canton

    Know the pollution level of Canton before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • Canton: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Canton for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Canton.

    • Burglary and Theft 70 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 70 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 65 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 20 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 60 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 75 (High)
    • Attacks 65 (High)
    • Drug offense 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 40 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 15 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 65 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 60 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 70 (High)
  • Living in Canton - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 33.13 (Low)
    • Pollution Index 43.1 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 70 (Very High)
    • Health Care Index 92.59 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 1.69 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Canton

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Canton

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 40 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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