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How much do you know about the population of U.S. cities and states? Test your knowledge with this fun bracket challenge from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

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Learn about these things and more:

  • The U.S. population increased by nearly 10% since the 2000 census.
  • In 2009, 16.7 percent of people in the United States were not covered by health insurance.
  • Of the 77.3 million people ages 3 and up enrolled in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools in 2009, 86.5% were enrolled in public schools in 2009.

Census Announces New Center of U.S. Population

new center of population

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.