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Media Advisory — 2010 Census Center of Population to be Celebrated in Plato, Mo.

The village of Plato, Mo., will celebrate its selection as the 2010 Census Center of Population on Monday, May 9, at 1 p.m. CDT. The mean center of population is the point at which an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of the United States would balance perfectly if all 308.7 million residents are counted where they live and all weigh exactly the same.

The event will include music, food, remarks and the unveiling of a commemorative survey mark. Attending will be residents of Plato (pop. 109), 600 students from the Plato R-V School, state and local leaders, and the director of the Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau has released the centers of population for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all counties based on the 2010 Census. Historically, many states and counties have marked and celebrated their centers.

Monday, May 9, 1 p.m. CDT
Bob Biram, village chairman
Robert M. Groves, director, U.S. Census Bureau
Juliana Blackwell, director, NOAA's National Geodetic Survey
Fred Stenger, Texas County Presiding Commissioner
The village of Plato, Texas County, Missouri, 65552 (next to the post office)
Satellite feed from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT
Live event satellite feed from 1 to 1:40 p.m. CDT
AMC 15 105 degrees West, Transponder 1 slot C6 Ku Band
Downlink Freq 11717.0 vertical, Symbol Rate 3.9787, FEC 3/4
Trouble number 504-915-8244

Online Press Kit:
Event materials are posted online and accessible at:

For broadcast quality video elements, including B-roll and sound-bites, visit our media download site:

You can also learn more about the 2010 Center of Population from our Special Edition: Facts for Features by visiting:

For more information about NOAA's National Geodetic Survey, please visit

Please RSVP by 5 p.m. (EDT), Friday, May 6, to the Public Information Office at 301-763-3030 or to

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | | Last Revised: September 09, 2014