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Welcome to Canton ...

The city of Canton is located in Cherokee County<1> and is the County Seat for Cherokee County.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Canton, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1846.

When the people of Canton refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Cantonian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Canton has a population of 30,632 people<3> (see below for details).

Canton is 970 feet [296 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Canton lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel west from Canton, you will leave Eastern Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

Area Codes for Canton: (470)<5>, (678) & (770)

The ZIP codes for Canton: 30114-30115<6>

Websites for Canton ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Canton had an population of 30,632 people. This is an increase of 33.43% since the 2010 Census.

At the time of the 2010 Census, Canton had a population of 22,958 people (which is 10.71% of the total population of Cherokee County). This makes Canton the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Canton represents 0.24% of the total population of Georgia (which has 9,687,653 people), making it the state's 33rd most populous community.

More information can be found on the Census Page for Canton.

Communities Also Named Canton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 39 communities that are also named Canton - they are located in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky, Louisiana (2), Maine, Maryland (2), Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Brunswick, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia (2) and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Canton.

Communities near Canton ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Canton.

  • Roswell
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast)
  • Alpharetta
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Milton
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast)
  • Kennesaw
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kennesaw have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kennesaw
    • Kennesaw is located in Cobb County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 34,712 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kennesaw <7>
  • Kennesaw Acres
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kennesaw Acres have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kennesaw Acres
    • Kennesaw Acres is located in Cobb County
    • Estimated population in 2019: 34,077 people
  • Woodstock
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the south)
  • Acworth
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Cartersville
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the west)
  • Noonday
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Noonday have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Noonday
    • Noonday is located in Cobb County
    • Estimated population in 2019: 16,592 people
  • Litchfield Hundred
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Litchfield Hundred have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Litchfield Hundred
    • Litchfield Hundred is located in Fulton County
    • Population from the 2010 Census: 15,491 people

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Canton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Canton.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Canton. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Canton.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Canton. Our list includes 8 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Canton.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Canton ...

Looking for more information about Canton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Canton, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Canton.

Adding Canton to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Canton in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Canton was in the book titled U.S. Post Offices (Oct. 1846).

We also found Canton in the book titled Table of U.S. Post Offices in the United States (Jan. 1851).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Canton.

The official website for Canton:

The official website for Cherokee County:

The official website for State of Georgia:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Georgia's counties, including Cherokee, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Canton refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Canton may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Canton.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Canton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Of the area codes for Canton, area code (470, 678) is an overlay.
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Canton). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Canton or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Canton includes: 30114 & 30115.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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