The Pro Football Hall of Fame is Canton's crown jewel.


If the Canton area isn’t on your radar, we recommend you take a closer look. Football fans have been flocking here for nearly six decades to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but locals know there’s so much more to Stark County—Northeast Ohio’s third-largest population center—than a building full of bronze busts and Super Bowl memorabilia.


Stark County Courthouse
Four “Trumpeters of Justice” (each over 11 feet tall) sit atop the Stark County Courthouse clock tower in downtown Canton.

• Population: 69,546
• Median Household Income: $43,236
• Median Home Value: $70,000
In addition to being the birthplace of American professional football, a hub of industry and the county seat of Stark County, Canton is a city on the rise.
The downtown area has been experiencing a wave of development, attracting more and more residents interested in urban living.

According to a December 2019 article in Crain’s Cleveland Business, “…there's a definite air of optimism, with people moving into new luxury apartments, a major new hotel and events center slated for [2020], and potentially more residential development to follow in the years ahead.”[1] Canton residents are proud of their city and take an active role in it. In fact, more than fifty neighborhood organizations cover all areas of the city and a wide variety of socioeconomic groups. Representatives from the organizations participate monthly in a Neighborhood Leadership Council to share experiences, offer solutions to problems and learn about opportunities for neighborhood development. Citizens can even take advantage of free leadership classes provided by the Stark Community Foundation.

Canton is also home to a vibrant arts community. The Canton Symphony Orchestra, Canton Ballet and Canton Museum of Art give residents a place to experience art and culture from around the world, and a growing local artists' community is quickly becoming a dynamic presence in the region. Historic attractions like the William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum and the First Ladies’ National Historic Site add to the region’s cultural appeal.

With the cost of real estate estimated at less than half of the national average, Canton is as affordable as it is enjoyable. For more information, contact City of Canton at 330.438.4307;

1Shingler, Dan. “Canton Comeback.” Crain’s Cleveland Business, December 1, 2019,


University of Mount Union
The University of Mount Union's picturesque campus in Alliance is "home" to 2,200+ undergraduate students during the school year. / Photo: Pearl Pullman

• Population: 22,121
• Median Household Income: $32,058
• Median Home Value: $79,600
Alliance, approximately 18 miles northeast of Canton, is a city rich with social and industrial history, as well as an up-and-coming downtown district. Alliance was formed in 1850 when three small settlements—Freedom, Liberty and Williamsport—merged and soon became a major railroad junction. Today, Alliance is served by Amtrak’s Capitol Limited line, with daily westbound service to Chicago and eastbound service to Washington D.C. Alliance has a dense suburban feel, yet stays true to its small-town roots. The “Carnation City” hosts an annual week-long Carnation Festival with games, food and parades. Alliance is also home to the University of Mount Union, founded in 1846, is a four-year, liberal arts college. For more information, contact City of Alliance at 330.821.3110;

• Population: 4,088
• Median Household Income: $31,148
• Median Home Value: $189,500
Rated one of the best places to live in Stark County by, Greentown in Lake Township offers strong schools, a healthy housing market and a convenient location. Greentown is just east of Interstate 77 and the Akron-Canton Airport, about 20 miles north of Canton. Fun fact: Thomas Edison’s in-laws lived in Greentown, and he is said to have worked on his gramophone there! For more information, contact Lake Township at 330.877.9479;

• Population: 2,998
• Median Household Income: $28,616
• Median Home Value: $141,200
Surrounded by farms and rural beauty, Hartville is a thriving community with outstanding schools, excellent services and a variety of recreational opportunities. Ask Hartville residents what they love about living here, and they’ll likely cite the small-town atmosphere, strong sense of community, friendly people, low crime rate and low-key lifestyle. The downtown retail district offers all the charm you'd expect from a place with Amish and Mennonite roots—including two local handmade chocolate producers, a professional violin shop, a retailer of locally produced goats' milk body products and a huge hardware and building supply store. And then there's the famous Hartville MarketPlace & Flea Market. Covering three acres indoors and twelve outdoors, it’s been named one of the Top 20 Flea Markets in the United States. For more information, contact Village of Hartville at 330.877.5500;

North Canton
Located in North Canton, Hoover Farm (built in 1853) is the boyhood home of vacuum cleaner entrepreneur William "Boss" Hoover.

• Population: 17,422
• Median Household Income: $30,399
• Median Home Value: $136,600
Rated the #1 place to live in Stark County by, North Canton boasts affordability, top-rated public schools, excellent law enforcement and safety personnel, an impressive public library, outstanding parks and recreational spaces and proximity to the Akron-Canton Airport. Canton is also home to the internationally known MAPS (Military Aviation Preservation Society) Air Museum, as well as Walsh University, a Catholic university offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees. With the highly rated Akron Children’s Hospital’s affiliated health center located in North Canton, it’s also a great place for families. For more information, contact City of North Canton at 330.499.8223;


Brewster and Navarre are located in the southwest corner of Stark County, known as the “Gateway to Amish Country.”

• Population: 2,291
• Median Household Income: $19,731
• Median Home Value: $89,500
Nestled in a valley approximately 15 miles southwest of Canton, bordered by Sugar Creek, Brewster is considered to be the best of both worlds—a rural community
in a suburban area, surrounded by farms but within fifteen minutes of shopping malls, entertainment, golf courses, restaurants and Amish Country. One of Brewster’s most interesting claims to fame is Brewster Cheese, the largest Swiss cheese producer in North America. Brewster is also home to the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company, among the largest regional railroads in the country. For more information, contact Village of Brewster at 330.767.4214;

• Population: 5,464
• Median Household Income: $25,986
• Median Home Value: $138,400
Located along the Ohio & Erie Canalway, Canal Fulton is a historic town in the northwest corner of Stark County, serving the surrounding rural areas as an educational, retail and transportation center. Residents enjoy easy access to the 85-mile-long Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, a multipurpose recreational trail that has also made Canal Fulton a popular destination for cyclists, hikers, equestrians and bird watchers. Tourism, in fact, is a major contributor to the city’s economy; many quaint shops and businesses along Canal Street cater to visitors who have come to take a ride on the canal aboard the St. Helena III, one of only four working canal boats in Ohio. For more information, contact City of Canal Fulton at 330.854.2225;

Hills and Dales
An example of the many upscale homes that can be found in Hills and Dales Village, a small, but affluent suburban area near Canton. / Photo: Jerry & Roy Klotz, M.D.

• Population: 246
• Median Household Income: $87,554
• Median Home Value: $417,900
Hills and Dales is an affluent suburban area about five miles west of Canton. Its well-maintained homes on large lots offer a rural feel and an ideal location for commuters seeking the luxury of a high-end bedroom community. For more information, contact Stark County at

• Population: 32,268
• Median Household Income: $22,548
• Median Home Value: $98,700
Canton isn't the only city in Stark County with a claim to football fame. Massillon, the “City of Champions,” hosted the first high school football game ever played in the country, and the city still boasts one of the top teams in the nation. The Massillon Tigers have won nine national and 22 state championships; the school has produced 23 professional players, three NFL coaches and 14 collegiate all-Americans. But there’s more to Massillon than football. The city, which was an important port on the Tuscarawas River during the Ohio and Erie Canal era, has a rich history of commerce. It was a major wheat-shipping center, and then later celebrated for steelmaking and fabricating. Today, food processing is among the growing sectors.

If you want to go green, the city has a good public transit system, including service to Canton, the Akron-Canton Airport and Amtrak’s Alliance Station. Bicyclists love having access to the Towpath Trail, which crosses through Massillon, while golfers enjoy the Legends of Massillon municipal golf course, rated one of the best in Ohio by Great Lakes Golf and Golf Advisor. For more information, contact City of Massillon at 330.830.1700;

• Population: 1,853
• Median Household Income: $21,071
• Median Home Value: $90,100
On the banks of the Tuscarawas River, about eleven miles west of Canton, is the Village of Navarre. Residents consider Navarre the perfect blend of past and present. Broad, tree-lined streets feature quaint, historic homes and buildings, with signs noting points of historic interest erected throughout the village. Navarre is served by the Fairless Local School District.
For more information, contact Village of Navarre at 330.879.5508;

• Population: 3,624
• Median Household Income: $29,341
• Median Home Value: $148,400 ranks Uniontown, located in Lake Township, as the # 1 place to buy a house in Stark County and the second-best place to live in the county overall. Residents enjoy Uniontown’s excellent public schools and rural suburban feel. The town is about 17 miles northeast of Canton. For more information, contact Lake Township at 330.877.9479;


East Canton
Built in 1834, the Werner Inn in East Canton was once a tavern serving stagecoach riders. It is now home to the Osnaburg Historical Society.

• Population: 1,506
• Median Household Income: $24,978
• Median Home Value: $98,900
East Canton is a tight-knit community in the heart of Osnaburg Township, just 10 miles east of Canton. It was the original county seat of Stark County, when the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad brought many passengers through the village in the late 1800’s. Some buildings in the Nassau Street business district were built as early as 1844 and are still in use today. For example, the Werner Inn, which served as a tavern, still stands across from the Stage Coach Inn, which offered weary travelers a place to stay. For more information, contact Village of East Canton at 330.488.0220;

• Population: 9,318
• Median Household Income: $26,717
• Median Home Value: $131,900
Louisville has a population that has steadily increased over the last century. Certified by the state of Ohio as a Community Reinvestment Area, the city takes pride in being able to offer both business incentives for projects that lead to job creation and investment and homeowner incentives that improve residential properties. For five consecutive years, the Louisville City School District has been rated "Excellent" by the Ohio Department of Education, and the high school has earned national recognition as well. The Louisville Art & History Gallery, a non-profit organization managed by the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society, educates the public about local history while also representing local artists through monthly art classes and public programs. For more information, contact City of Louisville at 330.875.3321;

• Population: 4,001
• Median Household Income: $21,162
• Median Home Value: $84,700
Minerva is a mid-size town steeped in history. The town sits along the historic Lincoln Highway (US Route 30), which was part of the first transcontinental highway for automobiles. Minerva is also the birthplace of Charles E. Wilson, Secretary of Defense under President Eisenhower. President William McKinley frequented the Minerva area while visiting his summer home, located a few miles east. Today, Minerva has the rare distinction of lying within three different counties: Stark, Columbian and Carroll. The town boasts many parks and recreation areas while being conveniently close to nearby cities, transportation, shopping and entertainment. For more information, contact Village of Minerva at 330.868.7705;

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