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Top 7 Reasons to Live in Massillon

  • The original settlement of Massillon was called Kendal and was founded in 1812. Originally, the "Port of Massillon" was a wheat exporter on the Ohio-Erie canal. Over two hundred years later, Massillon is part of the thriving Akron-Canton metropolitan area and attracts new residents with its small town charm and big city culture. The city is divided into growing townships, as housing opportunities grow.

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  • Excellent library system! The Massillon Public Library on Lincoln Way is part of the greater Stark County Public Library and gives residents access to a host of free community programs in addition to thousands of books and DVDs.
  • Enjoy the great outdoors! The Massillon Parks and Recreation department is dedicated to making it easy for residents to enjoy themselves all four seasons of the year. With numerous parks, Legends Golf Course, and dedicated spaces for dogs to roam off leash, Massillon has something for everyone. Residents also have easy access to the Towpath at any of its entry points on Lake Erie.
  • Team Spirit! Football is a way of life for Massillon, and residents show their Tiger pride with signs and banners posted year-round. The most popular game of the year is the Massillon/McKinley game, which pits the Tigers against the Bulldogs from nearby Canton. In years when the game is held at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, watchers often head to the Cameo Bar and Grille to celebrate a win or ease the pain of a loss.
  • Fantastic health care! The Cleveland Clinic has a campus right in Massillon where residents have convenient access to cutting edge treatments. The city is also only about a 30-minute drive from Akron Children's Hospital.
  • Affordable housing and rising property values! Massillon boasts lower rents and house prices than the rest of the nation and rising property values. Two-bedroom townhouses can run anywhere from $600 to $700 a month, while single family homes range from $800 in the neighborhoods around Amherst all the way up to $2,000 in Gloucester.
  • All types of housing! From apartments and townhouses to rent to own homes or acreage on the outskirts of the city lines, it's easy to find your perfect fit. Rentals may be easier to come by in areas like those off of Hills and Dales or Stuhldreher, and developments like Shady Hollow and Glenmoor often have homes that sell for over a million dollars.
  • Thriving community arts scene! The Massillon Museum has both local historical artifacts and pieces from current local artists. The downtown area is home to the historic Lincoln Theatre, where residents can catch a show at what claims to be America's oldest movie theater.