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Canton, Georgia - Basic Facts

The City of Canton had a population of 26,854 as of July 1, 2016. Canton ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Georgia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Canton is located at latitude 34.2472 and longitude -84.4907 in Cherokee County. The formal boundaries for the City of Canton (see map below) encompass a land area of 18.64 sq. miles and a water area of 0.14 sq. miles. Cherokee County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 965 feet.

The City of Canton (GNIS ID: 2403987) 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.

Georgia is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Canton is located within Canton Division of Cherokee 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, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Canton: Etowah.

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


Total Population 26,854
Population in Households 26,387
Population in Familes 21,598
Population in Group Qrtrs 467
Population Density1 1,440
Diversity Index2 60


Total Households 9,454
Average Household Size 2.79
Family Households 6,553
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 10,629 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,275 (49.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,179 (39.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,175 (11.1%)
Median Home Value $190,948
Average Home Value $240,447


Median Household Income $46,181
Average Household Income $62,879
Per Capita Income $22,763
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 2.54% 2.31%
Households 2.29% 2.2%
Families 2.53% 2.06%
Median Household Income   2.57%
Per Capita Income   1.83%
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, GA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Canton to the other 626 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Georgia 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 # 40 94th
Population Density1 # 92 85th
Diversity Index2 # 148 76th
Median Household Income # 172 73rd
Per Capita Income # 165 74th

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