Canton Charter Township Population: 2000() 1990() Change()
Canton Township was organized in 1834, and has maintained its original 36-square mile boundaries. Since using Chinese names was popular in Wayne County at the time, it was named after the city in China. Many of its early structures can be found in the Cherry Hill Historic District. Both the Cherry Hill School, built in 1876, and the Cherry Hill United Methodist Church, organized in 1834, are local and state historic sites. The school has been restored and is open for public use.
Once called "The Sweet Corn Capital" and known for its truck farms and dairy herds, Canton began to grow when I-275, along its eastern border, and M-14, close to its north-west border, were opened in the late 1970's. Then over the next twenty years the growth accelerated. Canton's new residential construction continues at a record pace.
Canton's continuing growth and vitality have been strongly supported by the addition of some of the most exciting new civic facilities to be found in any community.The spectacular Summit on the Park community center, which opened in the fall of 1995, is located in the heart of Canton's beautiful Heritage Park. Summit on the Park is a 85,000-square foot facility that offers an unsurpassed variety of programs and events for all.
With its fantastic facilities plus activities for every age and season, it is no wonder that so many are choosing the vital community of Canton as their home.