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The population of Canton is approximately 10,328 (1996), 13189 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 3,592 (1990), 4500 (2010).

The amount of land area in Canton is 17.684 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Canton is 22.3 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.247 sq kilometers.
The distance from Canton to Washington DC is 874 miles. The distance to the Mississippi state capital is 22 miles. (as the crow flies)
Canton is positioned 32.61 degrees north of the equator and 90.03 degrees west of the prime meridian.

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Canton location: in central Mississippi, 22 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi. Canton is located at north exit 124 and south exit 119 of Interstate 55.

Canton is located in the exact geographic center of Madison County

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Climate & Weather

The weather in Canton is seasonal. Spring and Fall are mild and comfortable. Winters are not severe with only a few short very cold spells. In the summer, it will become quite warm.
Canton average annual rainfall is 52.07 inches per year
Canton average temperature is 65.6 degrees F.
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Canton history:

Here is a history page for Canton.

No one knows for sure about the naming of Canton, but one of the more popular "naming stories" goes as follows:
"A family moving from Bolton to Kirkwood had a Chinese servant named Canton who died during the trip; he was buried where he died, which was on Mr. Walton's 40 acre tract which was later chosen as the town site. It seems there was a grave marker erected with "Canton" inscribed on it, and in looking around for a name, the officials saw the board saying "Canton." Why anybody back in those days would be lugging around a Chinese servant is something else, but it makes a good story."

"In 1833 the Madison County Board of Police (a governing body similar to our present day supervisors) appointed surveyor John B. Peyton to select a geographical center for a new county seat and to lay it out in blocks. In 1834, the land for the town was legally incorporated - a lively community of 400. The first recorded ordinance made it a misdemeanor to gallop a horse, mare, or mule on any street or alley." (This excerpt is taken from the above linked history page, for more information on history, go to that page)
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