Canton, Connecticut

According to Topbbacolleges, Canton, Connecticut is a small town located in the northern part of the state, just north of Hartford. It is part of the Farmington Valley region and is known for its quiet, rural atmosphere and beautiful views of the Litchfield Hills. The population was 8,840 at the 2010 census.

The town was first settled in 1732 and was incorporated in 1806. Canton has a rich history, with many historic sites to explore. The town center features old-fashioned buildings such as the Old Town Hall and Congregational Church. There are several parks as well, including Hop River State Park and Burr Pond State Park. Local attractions include an apple orchard and a cider mill, both open to visitors during certain times of year.

According to Whicheverhealth, Canton offers a variety of activities for all ages to enjoy, from hiking trails to golf courses and swimming pools. There are also several museums in town that focus on local history, such as the Canton Historical Society Museum or the Collinsville Historic District Museum. The town also hosts annual events like the annual Apple Festival and Harvest Festival held each fall at Mills Pond Park.

The schools in Canton are some of the best in Connecticut; there are five elementary schools (two public schools, two magnet schools, and one private school) along with two middle schools (one public school) and one high school (Canton High School). All offer excellent educational opportunities for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

For those looking for something a bit more urban than rural living can offer, there are plenty of restaurants nearby as well as shopping centers along Albany Turnpike which connects Canton to other towns nearby like Simsbury or Avon. There is also easy access to Hartford via I-84 which makes commuting easy if needed.

Overall Canton is a great place to live if you’re looking for a peaceful environment with plenty of outdoor activities within reach while still being close enough to larger cities like Hartford or New Haven if needed.

Population: 8,840. Estimated population in July 2020: 9,932 (+12.4% change)
Males: 4,283 (48.5%), Females: 4,557 (51.5%)

Hartford County

Median resident age: 39.9 years
Median household income: $65,013
Median house value: $178,800

Races in Canton:

  • White Non-Hispanic (96.3%)
  • Hispanic (1.3%)
  • Two or more races (1.0%)
  • Black (0.5%)
  • American Indian (0.5%)

Ancestries: Irish (20.6%), English (17.7%), Italian (15.9%), German (15.5%), Polish (10.4%), French (8.5%).

Elevation: 347 feet

Canton, Connecticut



For population 25 years and over in Canton

  • High school or higher: 92.9%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 43.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 15.4%
  • Unemployed: 3.2%
  • Mean travel time to work: 24.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Canton town

  • Never married: 21.1%
  • Now married: 64.1%
  • Separated: 0.4%
  • Widowed: 5.3%
  • Divorced: 9.2%

5.2% Foreign born (2.9% Europe, 0.9% North America, 0.6% Asia).


Hospitals/medical centers near Canton:

  • BRISTOL HOSPITAL (about 11 miles; BRISTOL, CT)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Canton:

  • BRADLEY INTL (about 18 miles; WINDSOR LOCKS, CT; Abbreviation: BDL)
  • HARTFORD-BRAINARD (about 19 miles; HARTFORD, CT; Abbreviation: HFD)
  • BARNES MUNI (about 27 miles; WESTFIELD/SPRINGFIELD, MA; Abbreviation: BAF)

Other public-use airports nearest to Canton:

  • MOUNTAIN MEADOW AIRSTRIP (about 9 miles; BURLINGTON, CT; Abbreviation: 22B)
  • ROBERTSON FIELD (about 11 miles; PLAINVILLE, CT; Abbreviation: 4B8)
  • SIMSBURY (about 11 miles; SIMSBURY, CT; Abbreviation: 4B9)

Amtrak stations near Canton:

  • 16 miles: HARTFORD (1 UNION PLACE). Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, full-service food facilities, snack bar, vending machines, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
  • 16 miles: BERLIN (KENSINGTON, DEPOT RD.). Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
  • 18 miles: WINDSOR (41 CENTRAL ST.). Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Canton:

  • UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD (about 11 miles; WEST HARTFORD, CT; Full-time enrollment: 5,557)
  • MANCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 13 miles; MANCHESTER, CT; Full-time enrollment: 2,863)
  • CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY (about 14 miles; NEW BRITAIN, CT; Full-time enrollment: 8,967)
  • TRINITY COLLEGE (about 15 miles; HARTFORD, CT; Full-time enrollment: 2,056)
  • NAUGATUCK VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 23 miles; WATERBURY, CT; Full-time enrollment: 2,834)
  • WESTFIELD STATE COLLEGE (about 25 miles; WESTFIELD, MA; Full-time enrollment: 4,058)
  • WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY (about 25 miles; MIDDLETOWN, CT; Full-time enrollment: 2,993)


Public high school in Canton:

  • CANTON JR SR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 728; Location: 76 SYMONDS AVE.; Grades: 07 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Canton:

  • CHERRY BROOK SCHOOL (Students: 513; Location: 4 BARBOURTOWN RD.; Grades: PK – 03)
  • CANTON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (Students: 391; Location: 39 DYER AVE.; Grades: 04 – 06)
  • HOMEBOUND (Location: 39 DYER AVENUE; Grades: PK – 12)


Library in Canton:

  • CANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $333,265; Location: 40 DYER AVE; 43,164 books; 1,453 audio materials; 1,110 video materials; 149 serial subscriptions)