Canton, North Carolina Population 2024

4,417

Canton is a city located in Haywood County North Carolina. Canton has a 2024 population of 4,417. Canton is currently declining at a rate of -0.02% annually and its population has decreased by -0.07% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 4,420 in 2020.

The average household income in Canton is $67,434 with a poverty rate of 14.14%. The median age in Canton is 36.3 years: 32.7 years for males, and 37.7 years for females.

Canton Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Canton was:

  • White: 88.75%
  • Two or more races: 3.58%
  • Other race: 3.22%
  • Native American: 2.56%
  • Black or African American: 1.68%
  • Asian: 0.2%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
3.7 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,187.80/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-0.07% (-3)
The current population of Canton, North Carolina is 4,417 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 4,420.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White3,91488.75%
Two or more races1583.58%
Other race1423.22%
Native American1132.56%
Black or African American741.68%
Asian90.2%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Two or more races

Other race

Native American

Black or African American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Canton Population by Race

Canton Population Pyramid 2024

Canton Median Age

36.3

Total

32.7

Male

37.7

Female

Canton Adults

There are 3,556 adults, (741 of whom are seniors) in Canton.

Canton Age Dependency

56.7

Age Dependency Ratio

26.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Canton Sex Ratio

Female2,32552.72%
Male2,08547.28%

Canton Population by Age

Canton Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,8322.3965.834.2
Non Family8631.4341.758.3
Married6612.9885.514.5
Female2193.8787.712.3
Male893.651000

3.09

Average Family Size

2.39

Average Household Size

65.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Canton Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade37711.54%
Associates Degree40612.43%
Bachelors Degree3129.55%
Graduate Degree1976.03%
High School Graduate1,10133.71%
Less Than 9th Grade1815.54%
Some College69221.19%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Canton Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Canton Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White2,9372,538502
Hispanic214550
Other Race10630
Native American87317
Black74740
2+ Races31310
Asian990

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 17.09%.

Canton Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$67,143$107,692$66,406
Graduate Degree$76,641$95,972$69,375
High School Graduate$33,269$42,253$13,591
Less Than 9th Grade$35,585$0$0
Overall$41,301$42,422$34,063
Some College$40,768$41,661$34,202

$41,301

Average Earnings

$42,422

Average Male

$34,063

Average Female

Canton Earnings by Educational Attainment

Canton Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Canton Language

93.42% of Canton residents speak only English, while 6.58% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.58% of the population.

Canton Language

Canton Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White3,78348012.69%
Other14210372.54%
Hispanic30210334.11%
Black742533.78%

14.14%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.43%

Male Poverty Rate

14.8%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Canton

The race most likely to be in poverty in Canton is Other, with 72.54% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Canton is White, with 12.69% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.72%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.95%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.41%.

Canton Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
High School22.94%
Less Than 9th Grade18.97%
Some College9.56%
Bachelors or Greater2.62%

Canton Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed52%
Female Employed8.23%
Male Employed7.89%
Female Unemployed0%

Canton Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Canton Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$64,539$79,754
Households$54,728$67,434
Married Families$76,146$-999,999,999
Non Families$34,732$48,143

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Canton Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

36.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.2%

Male Marriage Rate

33.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Canton Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Canton Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Canton Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Canton Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

190

Number of Veterans

190

Male Veterans

0

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam86
Second Gulf War33
Korea25
First Gulf War9
World War II0

Canton Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 7486
55 to 6432
75+32
18 to 3424
35 to 5416

Canton Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White1565%
Black2533.78%
Asian9100%

Canton Veterans by Race

Canton Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

30.53%

Veteran Poverty Rate

42.63%

Veteran Disability Rate

Canton Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

67.1%

Labor Force Participation

65.8%

Employment Rate

1%

Unemployment Rate

Canton Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Canton Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Canton Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

69.59%

Born in Canton

94.1%

Native Born

5.9%

Foreign Born

4.42%

Non Citizen

1.47%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.1% of Canton residents were born in the United States, with 69.59% having been born in North Carolina. 4.42% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Canton Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20294,413-1-0.02%
20284,414-1-0.02%
20274,41500%
20264,415-1-0.02%
20254,416-1-0.02%
20244,417-1-0.02%
20234,418180.41%
20224,400-32-0.72%
20214,432120.27%
20204,420501.14%
20194,370180.41%
20184,352671.56%
20174,285451.06%
20164,240451.07%
20154,195320.77%
20144,163250.6%
20134,138400.98%
20124,098-66-1.59%
20114,164-35-0.83%
20104,19900%
20004,0292396.31%
19903,790-841-18.16%
19804,631-527-10.22%
19705,158901.78%
19605,0681623.3%
19504,906-131-2.6%
19405,037-80-1.56%
19305,1172,53398.03%
19202,584-1,829-41.45%
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Canton Population by Year