Cost of Living,
Stark's Real Estate Market
Canton-Massillon Metro Area
Profile: Small city complex Location: Northeast Ohio, 60 miles south of Cleveland and 20 miles south of Akron Elevation: 1208 Time zone: Eastern Standard Time
|Cost of living and housing||Cloudy, wet climate|
|Nearby recreation||Low educational attainment|
|Nearby city amenities||Economic malaise|
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In today’s real estate market, homes anywhere for under $10,000 make headlines, and it just so happens that Canton recently made national news for just such an occurrence – a number of serviceable early 20th century downtown fringe homes in that price range. . It’s certainly not the case that every home is this cheap, but it underscores the plight of Canton and many other downtrodden old-economy towns in northeastern Ohio. However, at these prices, we would be buyers, for the fortunes of many of these towns may be gradually reversing, and we see good value potential for patient residents.
Canton is the southernmost city in the industrial corridor stretching south from Cleveland in northeast Ohio. Massillon is almost a twin city just to the west. The area is a center of diverse manufacturing and a gateway to the large Appalachian foothills to the south and east. Manufacturers include Timken (roller bearings) Diebold (ATM’s and banking systems) and the Hoover Company (vacuums). A large steel mill closed in 2000. Admittedly, manufacturing has seen hard times and the turnaround is slow. The downtown area, though mostly unremarkable, has undergone an attractive core renewal which has brought some business back. Newer suburbs contain a good assortment of spacious homes with attractive settings and prices. The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton is one local attraction, and areas in the foothills yield recreation and some interesting historic industrial and agricultural areas, including the glassblowing and brick-making areas around Dover and New Philadelphia. Residents drive north towards Cleveland for cultural amenities and shopping.
The area has rolling to hilly terrain, which becomes hillier moving south from the city. Valleys are open and agricultural, and the hills are mostly deciduous woods. The climate is similar to Akron and other cities that face Lake Erie to the north. The lake has considerable influence on area weather, tempering cold air masses during the late fall and winter and contributing to the formation of brief but heavy snowfalls. Lake-related temperature and moisture contrasts produce cloudy days 1 out of every 2 days. Summers are moderately warm and quite humid, with late springs and pleasant fall periods. Temperature and snowfall vary considerably over the area, with more snow in the north. First freeze is mid-October, last is late April.
Interesting Facts about Stark County
As of 2014, Stark County's population is 375,593 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -0.66 percent.--------------------
The median home cost in Stark County is $102,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.80 percent.--------------------
Compared to the rest of the country, Stark County's cost of living is 14.00% Lower than the U.S. average.--------------------
Stark County public schools spend $11,320 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 17.9 students per teacher in Stark County.--------------------
The unemployment rate in Stark County is 5.30 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Stark County jobs have Increased by 0.45 percent.
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Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.--------------------
Stark County's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)
• Newly Listed Homes
• Most Expensive Listing
• Million Dollar Houses
• Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
• Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
• Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
• Homes under $250,000
• Median Priced Homes
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