Canton, Pennsylvania

Canton is a borough in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,976 at the 2010 census.[3]

Canton, Pennsylvania
Downtown Canton
Downtown Canton
Location of Canton in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Canton in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
Canton is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Canton in the state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°39′21″N 76°51′03″W / 41.65583°N 76.85083°W / 41.65583; -76.85083Coordinates: 41°39′21″N 76°51′03″W / 41.65583°N 76.85083°W / 41.65583; -76.85083
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.15 sq mi (2.99 km2)
 • Land1.15 sq mi (2.98 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
1,266 ft (386 m)
 • Total1,976
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,619.67/sq mi (625.32/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
Area code(s)570
FIPS code42-11160


Canton is located in southwestern Bradford County at 41°39′21″N 76°51′3″W / 41.65583°N 76.85083°W / 41.65583; -76.85083 (41.655805, -76.850706),[4] in the valley of Towanda Creek. It is surrounded by Canton Township but is a separate municipality.

Pennsylvania Route 14 passes through the borough, leading north 10 miles (16 km) to U.S. Route 6 in Troy and south 25 miles (40 km) to U.S. Route 15 at Trout Run. Pennsylvania Route 414 leaves east from the center of Canton, leading 21 miles (34 km) to U.S. Route 220 at Monroeton, and follows PA-14 to the southwest out of town, then leading 17 miles (27 km) to US-15 at Liberty.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Canton has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.45%, is water.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)1,861[2]−5.8%

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,807 people, 758 households, and 475 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,580.1 people per square mile (612.0/km²). There were 824 housing units at an average density of 720.5 per square mile (279.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.67% White, 0.33% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.33% of the population.

There were 758 households, out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 27.4% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 87.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.1 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $26,848, and the median income for a family was $37,645. Males had a median income of $29,071 versus $23,804 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $13,537. About 13.7% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.0% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.


The local government of Canton Borough consists of an elected mayor and seven councilmen. There is a planning commission that consists of five members. In 2005, the borough adopted a joint comprehensive plan that includes Canton Township and Granville Township. The borough continues to use zoning ordinances that were adopted in 1976, and there is a zoning hearing board that consists of five members that handles new developments. The Bradford County Office of Planning and Grants handles all subdivisions and land developments.

County level

Three County Commissioners, elected at large

State level
Federal level


Map of Bradford County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Residents of Canton may attend the local, public schools operated by the Canton Area School District which provides full-day kindergarten through 12th grade. The district's enrollment declined to 990 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in 2013. Canton Area School District ranked 416th out of 500 public schools for academic achievement of its pupils in 2013. High school aged students and adults in Canton can attend the publicly funded Northern Tier Career Center in Towanda for vocational training.

Canton residents may also apply to attend any of the Commonwealth's 14 public cyber charter schools (in 2013) at no additional cost to the parents. The resident's public school district is required to pay the charter school and cyber charter school tuition for residents who attend these public schools.[8][9] By Commonwealth law, if the district provides transportation for its own students, then the district must provide transportation to any school that lies within 10 miles (16 km) of its borders. Residents may also seek admission for their school-aged child to any other public school district. When accepted for admission, the student's parents are responsible for paying an annual tuition fee set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In 2012, the tuition fees for Canton Area School District were: Elementary School - $8,868.09, High School - $9,442.14.[10]

BLaST Intermediate Unit #17 provides a wide variety of services to children living in its region which includes the borough of Canton. Early screening, special educations services, speech and hearing therapy and many other services like driver education are available. Services for children during the preschool years are provided without cost to their families when the child is determined to meet eligibility requirements.

Community members have access to the Green Free Library in Canton and to the statewide PA Power Library, an online library funded with tax dollars from the state's education budget.

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Canton borough, Pennsylvania". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved March 12, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "Charter Schools".
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "What is a Charter School?".
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (May 2012). "Pennsylvania Public School District Tuition Rates".
  11. ^ Harry Davenport: Harry Davenport: Grand old man of the Golden Age

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