The Etowah River flows through the center of the city. This river is a tributary of the Coosa River, and it flows east to west. Canton also sits along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In early years, the area was considered a Cherokee Nation or the Indian Country. During the 1800s, other residents began to inhabit the area. Today the city is predominantly white. However, there is a strong African American presence along with several Hispanics and Latinos. Canton is also home to a variety of ages. Children make up a substantial portion of the population, and there are numerous retired individuals. Since the area has a lot of children, many of the homes are filled with families.
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