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Mean Center of U.S. Population Announced

By March 24, 2011

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The United States Census Bureau announced the mean center of the United State population today as being near Plato, Missouri, an incorporated village in Texas County, Missouri. According to the Bureau, "The U.S. Census Bureau calculated this point as the place where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of the United States would balance perfectly if all 308,745,538 residents counted in the 2010 Census were of identical weight." The center of population has continually moved west every decade since the first census of 1790 placed the center of population near Chestertown, Maryland. Between 2000 and 2010, the center of population moved 23.4 miles southwest-ward from Edgar Springs, Missouri to Plato. The U.S. Census Bureau has a variety of maps and charts about the center of population on their website.

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