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The City of Canton had a population of 3,355 as of July 1, 2021. Canton ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Dakota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Canton is located at latitude 43.3008 and longitude -96.5928 in Lincoln County. The formal boundaries for the City of Canton encompass a land area of 3.25 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Lincoln County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,270 feet.

The City of Canton has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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Canton, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 3,355 (100%)
Population in Households 3,265 (97.3%)
Population in Families 2,639 (78.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 90 ( 2.7%)
Population Density 1,022
Diversity Index2 20


Median Household Income $55,958
Average Household Income $76,533
% of Income for Mortgage4 16%
Per Capita Income $31,329
Wealth Index5 73


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,456 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,085 (74.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 315 (21.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 56 ( 3.8%)
Median Home Value $218,145
Average Home Value $233,848
Housing Affordability Index3 136


Total Households 1,400
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 895
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.82% 1.53%
Households 1.02% 1.69%
Families 1.12% 1.52%
Median Household Income   2.85%
Per Capita Income   2.97%
Owner Occupied HU   1.98%

Canton, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Canton to the other 393 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 24 94th
Population Density # 87 78th
Median Household Income # 236 40th
Housing Affordability Index # 163 41st
Per Capita Income # 195 51st
Diversity Index # 141 64th

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