Canton, Mississippi, the county seat of Madison County, is located fifteen miles north of Jackson and eight miles west of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
The 1996 motion picture A Time to Kill, based on a novel of the same title by John Grisham, was filmed in Canton. The city was also the filming location for another motion picture released in 2000 — My Dog Skip, based on the memoir by Mississippi native Willie Morris. Artifacts from the filming of both movies were donated to the city, and today are maintained in exhibits in the downtown area. Scenes from the 2000 Coen Brothers' film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? were also filmed in Canton.
Canton is home to an extensive flea market event. With more than 1,100 vendors around the Madison County Courthouse square and other locations, the market has become one of the city's largest events held each May and October.
The population was 12,911 at the 2000 census.