Canton, GA Profile: Facts & Data


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Canton, Georgia - Basic Facts

The City of Canton had a population of 28,766 as of July 1, 2018. Canton ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density 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, 2018.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Canton: Etowah.

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


Total Population 28,766
Population in Households 28,291
Population in Familes 23,170
Population in Group Qrtrs 475
Population Density1 1,543
Diversity Index2 59


Median Household Income $54,060
Average Household Income $71,628
Per Capita Income $25,808


Total Housing Units 11,232 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,001 (53.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,121 (36.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,110 ( 9.9%)
Median Home Value $232,613
Average Home Value $278,034


Total Households 10,122
Average Household Size 2.8
Family Households 7,046
Average Family Size 3
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 2.77% 2.09%
Households 2.57% 2.01%
Families 2.81% 1.91%
Median Household Income   1.49%
Per Capita Income   2.73%

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, 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 # 38 94th
Population Density # 89 86th
Diversity Index # 180 71st
Median Household Income # 124 80th
Per Capita Income # 147 77th

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