Despite this decline, the 2010 figure actually moved Canton from ninth to eighth place among Ohio cities.
Nearby Youngstown in Mahoning County, once considerably more populous than Canton, suffered a larger decline.
Canton lies on the outskirts of the greater northeast Ohio metropolitan area anchored by Cleveland, and is also a short distance away from the periphery of the greater Pittsburgh area. Route 62, and the historic Lincoln Highway, the present-day U. Route 30, and is also the terminus of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
The city lies on the edge of Ohio's extensive Amish country, particularly in Holmes and Wayne counties to the city's west and southwest. As of the 2010 Census, the city of Canton is the largest incorporated area in the Canton-Massillon, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes all of Stark and Carroll counties. Canton's city population declined 9.7%, down to 73,007 residents.
The Mc Kinley National Memorial and the William Mc Kinley Presidential Library and Museum commemorate his life and presidency.
Canton was chosen as the site of the First Ladies National Historic Site largely in honor of his wife, Ida Saxton Mc Kinley.
Founded in 1805 alongside the Middle and West Branches of Nimishillen Creek, Canton became a heavy manufacturing center because of its numerous railroad lines.
However, its status in that regard began to decline during the late 20th century, as shifts in the manufacturing industry led to the relocation or repositioning of many factories.