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Data, News & Reports

Data, News and Reports

Look no further! Here is where you will find information about our Town and Village. On this page, we provide demographics, information about the business climate, information of interest to retailers, and publications of the Economic Development office.


The following demographics and statistics are taken from the April 2000 US Census, unless otherwise noted. The geographic boundaries of the Town of Canton are inclusive of the Village of Canton; therefore the numbers shown for the Town include the Village. Likewise, the totals shown for St. Lawrence County include the Town of Canton.

The population of Canton includes many life-long residents, as well as new local residents and a continually changing student population.

Total Population

Village 5,882
Town 10,334
County 111,931

Population Distribution by Age

Village Town County
Under 15 years 10.0% 15.2% 19.0%
15 to 19 years 22.1% 16.3% 9.3%
20 to 24 years 25.9% 16.9% 8.9%
25 to 34 years 8.3% 9.7% 12.2%
35 to 44 years 8.4% 12.1% 15.2%
45 to 59 years 11.3% 15.1% 18.3%
60 years and older 13.9% 14.7% 17.2%
Median Age (Years) 21.9 26.9 35.4
Village 1,531
Town 3,198
County 40,506
Village 2.13 persons
Town 2.40 persons
County 2.49 persons
Village 1,680
Town 13,515
County 49,721
Village $74,400
Town $68,500
County $60,200
Village $423
Town $439
County $428

Annual Household Income (In 1999)

Town County
Under $15,000 22.3% 19.1% 21.6%
$15,000 to 24,999 13.8% 15.1% 16.7%
$25,000 to 34,999 9.1% 13.4% 15.3%
$35,000 to 49,999 18.3% 20.6% 17.7%
$50,000 to 74,999 16.5% 15.7% 17.3%
$75,000 to 99,999 11.9% 10.5% 6.8%
$100,000 and above 8.1% 5.6% 4.6%
Median Household Income $36,875 $38,627 $32,356

Educational Attainment of Population 25 years & Over

Village Town County
Less than 9th grade 2.5% 5.1% 6.7%
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 6.8% 9.5% 14.1%
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 18.5% 26.3% 37.7%
Some college, no degree 14.0% 15.1% 15.6%
Associate degree 13.7% 12.8% 9.4%
Bachelor’s degree 18.4% 13.1% 8.5%
Graduate or professional degree 26.2% 18.0% 7.9%

Unemployment Rates

Village 20.0%
Town 14.6%
County 8.5%
Village 15.6%
Town 12.4%
County 12.4%
NY State 14.6%
US 16.9%




Business Climate & Existing Industry

Major industries in Canton include agriculture, education and government.

Canton is in large part a professional community. The working environment in Canton includes many government and finance professionals, as well as those in architecture, law, insurance and engineering.

In Canton, you’ll find an economy based on a broad mix of education, agriculture, manufacturing, government, retail, services and small business. Our combination of 10,000 lifelong and new local residents, plus a continually changing student population of 5,000, also offers a great base for test marketing, diversifying, or filling a variety of staffing needs.

Canton is a great place for all companies-small and large-and a wonderful location for emerging entrepreneurs.

More information coming soon!


Retail Market Customer Base

More coming soon.

A College Market

Due to local college enrollments, 48 percent of the village population is between the ages of 15 to 24.

Together, Canton and neighboring Potsdam have four colleges. Not only does this mean that we have a lot of students who routinely shop, eat out and recreate in Canton, but many visitors and parents make their way to Canton during the year for major sporting events, parents’ weekends, and to explore the area!

  • St. Lawrence University, a private liberal arts college located in Canton has 2,100 students
  • SUNY Canton, also located in Canton has 3,000 students
  • SUNY Potsdam, located 10 miles away has 4,070 students
  • Clarkston University, a private liberal arts college in Potsdam has 2,900 students


Our area is a great place to visit, and we have more people who come here each year. With fabulous outdoor recreation opportunities, many nearby tourist destinations including the Adirondack and the Thousand Islands, and our proximity to Canada you will benefit from all the extra traffic. Furthermore, we have several tourist destinations of our own, including two 18-hole golf courses and three indoor ice arenas including the Appleton Ice Arena at St. Lawrence University, which features Division 1 Hockey. The Canton Recreational Pavilion is also available for ice time. In addition, there are always families visiting the colleges, and sports enthusiasts in town to cheer on local sports teams.

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