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Canton, North Carolina

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The location of Canton

Welcome to Canton ...

The town of Canton is located in Haywood County.

The location of Canton has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

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

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Canton has a population of 4,332 people<3> (see below for details).

Canton was established in 1889.

The community of Canton is 2,630 feet [802 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the altitude of Canton is ½ mile above sea level.

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

Canton lies within the (828) area code.

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Canton had a population of 4,227 people (or 7.16% of the total population of Haywood County). This makes Canton the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Canton represents 0.04% of the population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 152nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 4,227 people, the population of Canton increased 4.91% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 4,029 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Canton had an population of 4,332 people. This is an increase of 2.48% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 7.52% since the 2000 Census).

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), Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Brunswick, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia (2) and Wisconsin.

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

Websites for Canton ...

Official Website:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Canton. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Canton.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper 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.

Communities near Canton ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Asheville   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the East (E) of Canton

Located in Buncombe County

Waynesville   [Map]

Lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) of Canton

Mills River   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Canton

Located in Henderson County

Woodfin   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Canton

Located in Buncombe County

Weaverville   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Canton

Located in Buncombe County

Hazelwood   [Map]

Lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Canton

Biltmore Forest   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East (E) of Canton

Located in Buncombe County

Clyde   [Map]

Lies 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) of Canton

Maggie Valley   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) of Canton

Bethel   [Map]

Lies 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Canton

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Canton.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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The official website for State of North Carolina:

Footnotes ...

<1>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.
<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 town'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>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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 Canton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Canton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.5361, Longitude: -82.8380     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Canton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).






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