Football fans will know Canton as the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while fans of William McKinley (they do exist) will know it as the home of the William McKinley Presidential Library. For about 73,000 residents Canton is simply home.
Around 14% of Catons residential properties are vacant, but sales have increased by 98% to 467 from May-July 2013 over the same period from a year ago, while the median sales price has increased by 19% to $93,000. Of the remaining properties 46% are owned and 40% rented (including rent to own homes), while the annual residential turnover rate is 17%.
Industry is still a relatively important part of Cantons economy with 30% of working men being involved with manufacturing - the Timken Company, makers of tapered roller bearings, are one of the largest employers in the community. Education and health institutions are also major employers, with around 30% of working women being employed by organizations in this sector. 16% of the areas jobs are provided by wholesale and retail services - the stores at the Belden Village Mall for example hire hundreds of people from local neighborhoods.
Some little piggies might go to market, but others go to heaven - or Hog Heaven at least, an open flame BBQ restaurant that serves big pork flavors and equally big portions. If youre after something a little more refined there are plenty of options downtown, and Lucca is one of the best examples. Owner and chef John Schory has created a menu of beautiful Italian dishes while always striving to use fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The result is delicious, but if that sounds like it might be a little pricey there are more casual restaurants that are still tongue-pleasing.
Classified as having a humid continental climate, youll need to pack your sweaters for winter in Canton as average lows in January regularly dip to 19 degrees Fahrenheit. Youll also need a shovel handy to clear up that snowfall - typically therell be around 47 inches. As summer approaches the temperature (and humidity level) creeps up, resulting in highs in the low 80s during July, while thunderstorms become fairly common.
The Belden Village Mall is your typical city shopping center, with three large department stores supporting dozens of smaller stores selling everything from toiletries to toys. Ample car parking and a good selection at the food hall makes this a convenient place to shop, but if youre after something a little out of the ordinary you should head downtown. Youll find a more eclectic mix of stores here, including a family run jewelers, a record store with a ridiculously big vinyl selection, and also the weekly Canton Farmers Market every Saturday.
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