Great Trivia Question – Where is the Population Center of the U.S.?

And the answer is….Plato, Missouri.
The U.S. Census Bureau has honored this small village located in southwestern Missouri with this curious title.

How did they determine this? Good question. The Census Bureau calculates the mean center of population, by figuring out the place where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of the U.S. would balance perfectly, if all 308,745,538 residents were of identical weight.

The center has shifted west over the centuries. In 1790, it was near Chestertown, Maryland. In 1880, it was in Covington County, Kentucky.

Plato replaces Edgar Springs, Missouri, about 25 miles to the northeast as the population center. The shift is because of the population growth of the southwest United States, according to the Census Bureau.

Check out the new 2010 Census data which was recently released for more interesting facts.

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One Response to Great Trivia Question – Where is the Population Center of the U.S.?

  1. zoozli says:

    government info
    nice trivia question
    zoozli

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