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Census Announces New Center of U.S. Population

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Image description: This Census map shows the new center of the U.S. population, based on 2010 census data.

The new center of the U.S. population is Plato, Missouri, according to 2010 census data. With each new census, a new center of the U.S. population emerges. Over the years, it has continually moved west, as the population moved off the east coast. For the first census, in 1790, the center of population was Chestertown, Maryland.

Use the interactive map from the Census Bureau to see how the center of population has changed over the years.