Massillon is a city in Stark County in the U.S. state of Ohio, located approximately 50 miles south of Cleveland. The population was 32,149 at the 2010 census.
Massillon, along with neighboring Canton, are principal cities of the Canton–Massillon Metropolitan Statistical Area. The metropolitan area includes all of Stark and Carroll counties.
The town of Kendal was founded in 1812 by Thomas Rotch, a Quaker originally of New Bedford, Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut. Massillon's founder, James Duncan of New Hampshire, first settled in Kendal. On December 6, 1826, Duncan recorded the plat for Massillon. It is named after Jean Baptiste Massillon, a French Catholic bishop. Massillon was incorporated as a village in 1853, absorbing the neighboring towns of Kendal and West Brookfield. It incorporated as a city in 1868.