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Welcome to Canton ...

Canton is located in Norfolk County<1>.

The location of Canton has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

When the people of Canton refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Cantonian<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Canton has a population of 23,817 people<4> (see below for details).

Canton was settled in 1630 and was incorporated in 1797.

Canton is 110 feet [34 m] above sea level.<5>.

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

Area codes for Canton: (781) and (339)<6>

The ZIP code for Canton: 02021<7>

Websites for Canton ...

Official Website: www.town.canton.ma.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Canton had an population of 23,817 people. This is an increase of 10.46% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 14.64% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Canton had a population of 21,561 people. This makes Canton the county's 14th most populous community.

The population of Canton represents 0.33% of the population of Massachusetts (which has 6,547,629 people), making it the state's 89th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 21,561 people, the population of Canton increased 3.78% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 20,775 people).

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

Communities Also Named Canton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 39 communities that are also named Canton - they are located in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky, Louisiana (2), Maine, Maryland (2), 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.

  • Boston [Suffolk County]
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    • Boston [Suffolk County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<8> to the north of Canton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 691,531 people
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  • Cambridge [Middlesex County]
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    • Cambridge [Middlesex County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<8> to the north of Canton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 119,192 people
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  • Brockton [Plymouth County]
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    • Brockton [Plymouth County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<8> to the southeast of Canton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 95,770 people
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  • Quincy [Norfolk County]
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    • Quincy [Norfolk County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<8> to the northeast of Canton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 94,421 people
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Newton [Middlesex County]
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      • Newton [Middlesex County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<8> to the north of Canton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 87,803 people
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    • Somerville [Middlesex County]
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      • Somerville [Middlesex County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<8> to the north of Canton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 80,935 people
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    • Framingham [Middlesex County]
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      • Framingham [Middlesex County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<8> to the northwest of Canton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 73,892 people
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    • Waltham [Middlesex County]
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      • Waltham [Middlesex County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<8> to the north of Canton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 62,069 people
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    • Medford [Middlesex County]
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      • Medford [Middlesex County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<8> to the north of Canton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 60,847 people
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    • Malden [Middlesex County]
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      • Malden [Middlesex County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<8> to the north of Canton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 59,922 people
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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 10 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.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Canton, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with 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.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Canton was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Canton on a map titled George#&160;F. Cram Map (1901).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Canton on our Genealogy Page.

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About Norfolk County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Canton: www.town.canton.ma.us/

The official website for Norfolk County: www.norfolkcounty.org/

The official website for State of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Massachusetts' counties, including Norfolk, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>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 have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>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 community'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.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Canton.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Canton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>Area code (339) is an overlay for area code (781).
<7>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 community (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).
<8>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Canton) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Canton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from CantonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Canton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.1584, Longitude: -71.1448       In this case, the coordinates for Canton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).






















 

 

 

 

 


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