A dense and vibrant suburb a short distance from downtown Atlanta.

Welcome to Canton

Perched in the center of Cherokee County, Canton rises gently in the suburbs of Atlanta. Shadowed by the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Etowah River cuts through the center of Canton, placing it in a valley surrounded by charming foothills. Residents enjoy a short commute to downtown Atlanta and lush, natural surroundings dotted by trees and fields. 
Incorporated in 1832, Canton was originally named after the Chinese city of Canton (now Guangzhou) in hopes of replicating Guangzhou’s success in the silk industry. While that didn’t come to pass, Canton’s location as a stop on the Marietta and North Georgia Railway in the late 1800s helped the city establish itself. A top cotton producer, local mills, and industrial buildings throughout the 1900s created a boom.
Now, more than 30,000 people call Canton home. Replete with alluring architecture and amiable neighborhoods, Canton residents are enchanted by the engaged community atmosphere. Homes throughout the city range in architectural styles from Prairie to Postmodern, Colonial Revival, Farmhouse, and more. A close drive to downtown Atlanta, Canton enjoys a premier location, shaded, tree-lined streets, and a friendly, inviting community. 

Things to Love

  • The shining Etowah River with mesmerizing views.
  • Community emphasis on education and excellent, public schools.
  • A historic shopping district complete with boutiques, eateries, and more.

People and Lifestyle

Progressive, inviting, and brimming with small-town charm, Canton is known for its sweet, neighborhood atmosphere. People who live here tend to be highly educated and hold jobs in the healthcare, management, and construction sectors and some service sectors. An even number of residents own and rent their homes, and many families, young professionals, and retirees alike live in Canton. 

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

Though Canton is a suburb of Atlanta, it is a destination in its own right. From mom-and-pop-owned eateries to boutiques for any interest, the suburb is intermingled with stops for all.
The options abound in and around Canton. Stop at B. Loved for chic, regularly updated items sure to complete a wardrobe. North Point Village Shopping Center, a short drive away, is an unparalleled option as it is one of the largest malls in the area and boasts numerous shops, both local and well-known, popular brands. 
After shopping, put your feet up with a refreshing beverage from local favorite, Reformation Brewery, or extend the evening by visiting the elevated J. Michael’s Prime, home to a top-rated steak dinner. If seafood is more your style, then Goin’ Coastal will sit just right with you, but if you prefer Italian, look no further than the delectable Alessandro’s Italian Cafe and Pizzeria

Things to Do

After shopping and indulging in some of Georgia’s most delicious dining, there are countless local and regional opportunities to explore and partake in celebrations with the community. From festivals to marinas, every interest will be satisfied.
Make the short trip up to Macon for the stunning, breezy springtime Cherry Blossom Festival. In the summer, the Atlanta Independence Day Festival absolutely cannot be missed — full of blow-out fun, boasting activities, shops, and entertainment for the entire family.
As for year-round activity, look no further than the Bridge Mill Athletic Club and Woodmont Golf & Country Club. With acres upon acres of gorgeous landscaping, golf courses, and other athletics opportunities, these country clubs are sure to make a perfect Saturday. Springer Mountain is another great option for anyone who prefers nature a bit more rugged, and for the seamen out there, Little River Marina is ideal for setting off and enjoying the gentle waves all day long. 


Canton is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Liberty Elementary School
  • Avery Elementary School
  • Freedom Middle School
  • Dean Rusk Middle School
  • Creekview High School

Overview for Canton, GA

45,612 people live in Canton, where the median age is 37.4 and the average individual income is $29,856.97. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

37.4 years

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Around Canton, GA

There's plenty to do around Canton, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Local Graze, Giggle Monsters Craft Donuts, and Stout's Growlers.

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Dining 1.84 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.84 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 0.66 miles 14 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 0.85 miles 7 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining · $ 0.72 miles 104 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 2.1 miles 10 reviews 4.8/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Canton, GA

Canton has 16,044 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Canton do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 45,612 people call Canton home. The population density is 759.97 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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51.51 / 48.49%

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Schools in Canton, GA

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The following schools are within or nearby Canton. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Community Christian School
PreK - 6th
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William G. Hasty- Senior Elementary School
PreK - 5th
J. Knox Elementary
PreK - 5th
Cherokee High School
9th - 12th
Teasley Middle School
6th - 8th
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