Canton is a city in and the county seat of Van Zandt County in East Texas,United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 3,581.
The Blackwell House Museum in Canton was built in 1886 but occupied as a residence until 1975.
As of the census of 2003, there are 3,292 people (as of today around 5,100), 1,296 households, and 848 families residing in the city. The population density is 633.8 people per square mile (244.9/km²). There are 1,486 housing units at an average density of 286.1 per square mile (110.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 94.14% White, 2.73% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. 3.49% of the population are Hispanic orLatino of any race.
There are 1,296 households out of which 27.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% are married couples living together, 10.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% are non-families. 31.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 19.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.30 and the average family size is 2.87.
In the city the population is spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 25.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 83.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $32,098, and the median income for a family is $42,500. Males have a median income of $32,117 versus $20,598 for females. The per capita income for the city is $17,351. 11.3% of the population and 7.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 10.6% of those under the age of 18 and 10.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
The City of Canton is served by the Canton Independent School District. It is classified as a 4A school district, by the University Interscholastic League. Canton High School Eagle athletics include football, girls volleyball, cross country, basketball, power lifting, track and field, golf, tennis, softball, and baseball. Canton is also known for the CISD Band Program coined the name "The Mighty Band from Eagle Land", it receives high rankings, and many awards.
State Championship: Women's Powerlifting 3
Cross Country: 2
Women's Golf: 2
Canton is the home of First Monday Trade Days, held on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before the first Monday of every month. It claims to be the oldest and biggest flea market in the United States.
Canton is also the host city of the annual United States Equestrian Drill Championship
Canton is also home to the only water park in East Texas, Splash Kingdom Waterpark is a family-friendly waterpark conveniently located on I-20 just west of Canton.
Canton-Hackney Airport is just north of Canton on I-20