Massillon is a city located 8 miles west of Canton, and in between the major metropolitan hubs of Cleveland and Pitssburgh. The city is part of Stark country and is home to over 32,149 residents.
The city of Canton is located approximately 24 miles south of Akron, and 60 miles south of Cleveland, in the northeastern part of Ohio. 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. 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. Canton is located along Interstate 77, U.S. Route 62, and the historic Lincoln Highway, the present-day U.S. Route 30, and is also the terminus of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. 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 economy has been growing and is poised for more growth with new development in the area. In particular, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has already started a $500 million development project for the expansion of its campus, which will be called HOF Village. HOF Village will include significant renovations to the football stadium, the development of a four-star hotel and conference center, improvements to the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum, the construction of an assisted living facility for former players, and restaurant and retail space. Over 1,300 new jobs will be created during the peak year of the development project alone. Over a period of 25 years, HOF Village will generate $15.3.Billion in cumulative netnew total economic output within Stark County and will make Stark County a major tourist destination.