The Canton-Massillon MSA, home to over 400,000 residents, is located in Northeast Ohio, one of the largest metropolitan regions in the United States with a population of over 4 million. As such, Northeast Ohio hosts some of the nation’s best medical facilities including the nationally renowned Cleveland Clinic and Akron Children’s Hospital; world-class cultural venues and facilities; and all the major league sports including the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, the NFL Cleveland Browns and Major League Baseball Cleveland Indians. The Akron Area is also host to the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational Golf Tournament.
The Canton-Massillon area, located 60 miles south of Cleveland, offers most of the amenities of a larger city but has all the advantages of a smaller city. Some key advantages include a lower cost of living that provides significant advantages for businesses and for their employees; greater affordable housing at all price ranges; excellent schools; hospital facilities; access to U.S. National Parks; large lakes that provide great fishing and boating; and excellent cultural, recreational facilities and shopping.
Stark County Cities and Communities
Alliance, located in the eastern part of the county, is the Carnation City, the official home to the state flower, the carnation. University of Mount Union, a liberal arts school with more than 1,500 students, is located here. Historical homes such as the Glamorgan Castle and the Mabel Hartzell Museum are popular sites open to tourists. The Carnation City also offers a variety of stores to suit any shopper's needs, an indoor soccer complex, and several city parks. More information at the Alliance Area Development.
Located in Western Stark County, Canal Fulton is a historic town with several restaurants and many quaint shops. Canal Fulton’s "claim to fame" is the canal boat St. Helena III, an authentic reproduction of a freighter from the late 1800s, which offers rides along the Ohio and Erie Canal. The village also offers several types of recreational facilities including the Canal Days Museum, Indian River Canoe Livery, Sluggers and Putters Family Fun Park, and Clay's Park Resort. More information at Canal Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
Canton, the largest city in the county, is known across the country as the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, visited by more than 10 million people since its opening in 1963. The Hall of Fame is a five building complex where football greats are featured. The Hall of Fame festival is a week–long event that features a ribs burn-off, a food festival, a balloon classic, the induction ceremonies, and a football game. Canton is committed to the preservation and restoration of its historic buildings, including the Saxton House and the Stark County Courthouse. The city boasts a cultural complex featuring the Canton Ballet, The Canton Museum of Art, The Player's Guild, the Canton Civic Opera, and the Canton Symphony. Another featured attraction in the city is the McKinley Memorial where President McKinley's body is entombed. Shopping facilities and restaurants are plentiful. More information at Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.
From its rural agricultural roots, in a short time Jackson Township's area grew into a thriving community of 32,000. The area is the leader in new home construction in the county, with upscale housing quickly replacing farmland. Jackson Township is also the retail center of the county, home to over 130 restaurants in the Belden Village Mall area, and constant expansion of retail and commercial establishments. Over 129 acres of parks in the Jackson Township Park System provide many recreational opportunities. There are five private county clubs and several golf courses. More information at Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce.
The village of Hartville, nestled in Lake Township, is known for its Amish legacy. The Quail Hollow State Park, the Hartville Flea Market, The Hartville Hardware, along with dozens of quaint shops and restaurants with home-style cooking, complete a picture of country charm. The village holds several fairs and festivals and has several recreational opportunities. More information at Lake Township Chamber of Commerce.
Situated northeast of Canton, Louisville is the Constitution Town and hosts a week-long event honoring the Constitution. Downtown Louisville features many historic buildings built in the beginning of the 1830s. A 125-year-old elegant Victorian mansion that now houses a community center for the senior population is highlighted. Louisville also has five city parks offering many types of recreational activities. More information at Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Massillon, the second largest city in the county, is known for its sports tradition. The city's pride is its widely recognized high school football team, the Massillon Tigers. The Massillon Museum, containing contemporary art and the history of the city, as well as the Romanesque Five Oaks mansion, are popular sightseeing spots. In addition, the city is home to the Spring Hill Historic Home and three churches on the National Register. The Ohio Society of Military History Museum displays exhibits honoring Ohio veterans. In the summer, golfing and attending Ohio's largest cruise-in are popular activities. More information at Massillon Area Chamber of Commerce.
Located at the crossroads of Stark, Carroll and Columbiana Counties, Minerva calls itself "The Biggest Little Town in Ohio." The town is peacefully rural with its beautiful wooded rolling hills, streams, and rich agriculture. Colonial era music provides a background for thousands to shop at the Great Trail Festival, an arts and crafts festival held each fall. More information at Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce.
North Canton, located in the North Central part of the County, is a quaint town offering beautiful parks, a playhouse, restaurants and unique shops. The center of North Canton is its Victorian style main street with a Victorian flair. Popular attractions include the famous Harry London's Candies and the Hoover Historical Center. The founder of the Hoover Company called North Canton his home. The area is also home to Walsh University, a university educating over 1,000 students annually. During the summer, people from all over the County visit the Main Street Festival. More information at North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce.