Canton, Michigan

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Canton, Michigan
Charter township
Charter Township of Canton
Canton Municipal Building
Canton Municipal Building
Motto(s): Michigan's Community of Vision.
Location of Canton within Wayne County and Michigan
Location of Canton within Wayne County and Michigan
Canton, Michigan is located in the US
Canton, Michigan
Canton, Michigan
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 42°18′31″N 83°28′56″W / 42.30861°N 83.48222°W / 42.30861; -83.48222Coordinates: 42°18′31″N 83°28′56″W / 42.30861°N 83.48222°W / 42.30861; -83.48222
Country  United States
State  Michigan
County Wayne
Settled 1825
Organized 1834
 • Supervisor Pat Williams
 • Total 36.0 sq mi (93.2 km2)
 • Land 36.0 sq mi (93.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)  0.0%
Elevation 679 ft (207 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 90,173
 • Density 2,500/sq mi (970/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 48187-48188
Area code(s) 734
FIPS code 26-13120[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626030[2]

Canton, officially the Charter Township of Canton, is a charter township of Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located about 8 miles (13 km) west of the city limits of Detroit and 8 miles (13 km) east of the city limits of Ann Arbor. As of the 2010 census, the township had a population of 90,173,[3] making it Michigan's second largest township and eleventh largest community. Canton is ranked as 96th highest-income place in the United States with a population of 50,000 or more. Canton Township is also consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in the United States, as well as in the state of Michigan. In 2015, the township was ranked as the 29th safest city in America.[4] Canton is one of Michigan's fastest growing communities.



Earlier, on October 20, 1829, the legislature had passed a bill creating the townships of Lima and Richland out of Bucklin Township. Governor Lewis Cass returned the acts unapproved, citing a conflict under the law. The names conflicted with post offices in existence, contrary to a territorial law from April 12, 1827, prohibiting incorporation of a new township bearing the same name as any existing post office. The legislature thus had to substitute the names of Nankin and Pekin after the cities of Nanjing (Nanking) and Beijing (Peking) in China. The name of Pekin was extinguished when it was renamed Redford in 1833.

The Township of Canton was created by act of the Michigan Territorial Legislature on March 7, 1834 out of a southern portion of Plymouth Township. It was named in honor of the port and provincial capital known historically as Canton, Imperial China, known today from the pinyin standard as Guangzhou.

The first meeting to organize the township was held in April 1834.

In the summer of 2002, the emerald ash borer was discovered in Canton, eventually infesting the Great Lakes region.

The Canton Historical Society and Museum opened in 1982 in a one-roomed schoolhouse.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.0 square miles (93 km2). No part of the total area is covered by water. The south of the township is drained by the Lower River Rouge and its tributaries, including Pine Creek, which drains from the northwest corner to the southeast. The northeast is drained by Tonquish Creek and Garden Creek, which are tributaries of the Middle River Rouge.[citation needed]


Top employers[edit]

According to the Charter Township's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[7] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Plymouth-Canton Community Schools 2,500
2 Yazaki North America 1,062
3 Walmart 650
4 A. D. Transport Express 550
5 Sysco Detroit 540
6 Charter Township of Canton 356
7 Meijer 339
8 IKEA 314
9 Kroger 250
10 The Home Depot 555

The publisher Visible Ink Press has its headquarters in Canton.[8]


Canton-Plymouth-Mettetal Airport is in Canton Township.[9]


Canton Township is served by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools (which serves the northern 2/3 portion of Canton), Wayne-Westland Community Schools (which serves the south-eastern portion of Canton) and Van Buren Public Schools (which serves the south-western portion of the township). P-CCS includes most of Canton Township, the city of Plymouth, Plymouth Township, and portions of Salem, Superior, and Northville Townships.


Wayne-Westland Community Schools[edit]

A portion is in Wayne-Westland Community Schools[10][11] Most Wayne-Westland-zoned areas are zoned to Walker-Winter Elementary School in Canton.[12] A small portion is zoned to Roosevelt-McGrath Elementary School in Wayne.[13]

Some portions of the Wayne-Westland section of Canton are zoned to Adams Upper Elementary School in Westland,[14] Franklin Middle School in Wayne,[15] and Wayne Memorial High School in Wayne.[16] Other portions are zoned to Marshall Upper Elementary School,[17] Stevenson Middle School in Westland,[18] John Glenn High School, all in Westland.[19]

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools[edit]

Canton High School, within the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park

A portion is in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.

  • Allen Elementary School
  • Bentley Elementary School
  • Bird Elementary School
  • Canton High School *
  • Discovery Middle School
  • Dodson Elementary School
  • East Middle School
  • Eriksson Elementary School
  • Farrand Elementary School
  • Field Elementary School
  • Gallimore Elementary School
  • Hoben Elementary School
  • Hulsing Elementary School
  • Isbister Elementary School
  • Liberty Middle School
  • Miller Elementary School
  • Pioneer Middle School
  • Plymouth High School *
  • Salem High School *
  • Smith Elementary School
  • Starkweather Center (Alternative education)
  • Tanger Center (Alternative education)
  • Tonda Elementary School
  • West Middle School
  • Workman Elementary School

(* Part of the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park)

Public charter schools[edit]

  • Canton Charter Academy
  • Achieve Charter Academy
  • South Canton Scholars Charter Academy
  • Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy

Private schools[edit]

  • All Saints Catholic School
  • Plymouth Christian Academy
  • Plymouth Canton Montessori
  • Crescent Academy International
  • Banyan Montessori Academy

Further Education[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.

The U.S. Census Bureau also defined Canton Township as a census-designated place (CDP) at the 2000 Census so that the community would appear on the list of places (like cities and villages) as well on the list of county subdivisions (like other townships). The final statistics for the township and the CDP were identical.

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 90,173 people, 32,771 households, and 24,231 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,121.5 per square mile (819.0/km²). There were 34,829 housing units at an average density of 789.8 per square mile (304.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 72.2% White, 10.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 14.1% Asian (80.0% Indian, 2.2% Chinese, 0.7% Filipino), 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 1.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.

There were 27,490 households out of which 42.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.26. The median household price was $239,900 according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2006 American Community Survey estimates.[20]

In the township the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 34.9% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 5.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the township was $82,669, and the median income for a family was $95,267.[21] Males had a median income of $61,570 versus $35,615 for females. The per capita income for the township was $28,609. About 2.9% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]



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  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Canton, Michigan
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