The City of Canton operates under the council-manager form of government.Canton's governing body is made up of nine members.Canton also has a 9-hole golf course with a club house, a community pool, and seven area parks.
32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.01. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24% were from 25 to 44; 25.2% were from 45 to 64; and 16.8% were 65 years of age or older.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.
There were 1,248 households of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.8% were non-families.
The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.
In 1884, Augustana College moved from Beloit, Iowa, to Canton. Attendance doubled, but a series of crop failures soon followed.
Canton is nestled in the rolling hills of the Sioux Valley, providing an abundance of recreational activities with the Big Sioux River bordering the eastern side, Newton Hills State Park to the south, and Lake Alvin to the north.
The city was named by Norwegian settler and former legislator James M. The population is estimated to be 3,386 as of 2016.
Canton is located at Canton has been assigned the ZIP code 57013 and the FIPS place code 09500.
Canton experiences a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa), which is characterized by hot, relatively humid summers and cold, dry winters, and is located in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 4b.
The Mayor is selected from and appointed by members of the City Commission.