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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;