LIVING HERE: Stark County Communities North

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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;