With Dearborn to the east and Ann Arbor to the west, Canton, Michigan is a remarkable place. This charter township has experienced a 420% population growth since 1970. And while Canton remains home to historic schoolhouses and family homesteads of the 1800s, the average age of the 83,269 population is just 30. Though population growth and career opportunities abound, Canton values the natural environment: over a third of this 36-square mile township is still undeveloped open space.
Once a rural farming town, Canton offers a multitude of recreational opportunities for families and singles alike. With two golf courses, six parks and a vibrant community center, there's always something to do. Heritage Park Amphitheater offers free concerts, Cherry Hill Village hosts art fairs, and the Village Theater is a site for musicals, dance troops, live theatre, and comedy shows.
Several national corporations have outposts in Canton, which is now Michigan's 11th largest city. While the Canton Township itself serves as the community's sixth largest employer, other major employers include:
- Plymouth-Canton Schools
- Meijers Thrifty Acres
- Kmart Corporation
- American Yazaki
- Meisel-Sysco Foods
The citizens who call Canton home take special pride in their government style: as a township, the Canton city government is comprised of seven elected members of a Board of Trustees. Thanks to their unique and hands-on governing style, the business opportunities, and the many schools, universities, and degree programs around the Canton Township area, the 1999 median household income in Canton was $72,495--well above the national average.
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