North Canton, Ohio

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North Canton is a city in Stark County in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 16,369 at the 2000 census. It is part of the CantonMassillon Metropolitan Statistical Area.



The following timeline includes several important points in the history of North Canton:[3]

  • 1831: The Community of North Canton first began as the Village of New Berlin. Residents were primarily of German descent.
  • 1873: William H. “Boss” Hoover moved his tannery business from the family farm to the center of the North Canton village.
  • 1908:The Hoover Company begins manufacturing vacuum cleaners.
  • 1918: During World War I, the community changed the name of the village to North Canton.
  • 1933: The Hoover Company becomes the world’s largest manufacturer of vacuum cleaners.
  • 2007: The Hoover Company officially shuts down.

Additional information about the history of the Community is available through the North Canton Heritage Society, at 330-494-4791, or at the Hoover Historical Center, 330-499-0287.[3]


North Canton is located at 40°52′30″N 81°24′4″W / 40.875°N 81.40111°W / 40.875; -81.40111 (40.875007, -81.401053)[4]. The West Branch of Nimishillen Creek flows through the city.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 16,369 people, 7,114 households, and 4,382 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,697.1 people per square mile (1,041.2/km²). There were 7,506 housing units at an average density of 1,236.8/sq mi (477.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.90% White, 1.12% African American, 0.07% Native American, 1.04% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

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