Massillon is located in Northeast Ohio, in Stark County on the banks of the Tuscarawas River, which the Ft. McIntosh Treaty of 1785 delineated as the boundary between Native American land and the territory of the United States.
Today, downtown storefronts sport colorful awnings as they compete with outlying commercial centers. The City’s Summer Concert Series and the Duncan Plaza Concerts fill the summer air with music twice a week. The downtown is filled during summer months with the Cruise-On-In and Dance Party, Family Fun Fest, Pizza and Wing Wars, and the Massillon Museum Island Party. Fans and traditionalists flock to the football stadium in the fall.
The canal towpath, revived as a hiking and biking trail from Cleveland through Massillon, augments the town’s thirty parks and green spaces. The Lincoln Theatre serves as a center for cinema and live performances. The Massillon Museum, the community’s cultural hub, is at the heart of downtown activities, offering ever-changing exhibitions, a popular coffee shop, research opportunities, classes, and a creative and constant parade of free public events.
Today, Massillon is a community of 32,183 (2013 Census Update) encompassing approximately 19.388 square miles and 176.59 miles of streets. Massillon includes more than 14,497 dwelling units, with a high percentage of residents owning their own homes.