This interactive visualization shows how the Center of Population for the nation has shifted since the first census in 1790. It also shows the center of population for each state and county from the 2010 and 2020 censuses.
The Center of Population is a point at where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of the United States would balance perfectly if everyone were of identical weight. This point represents the location of average distribution of the population in their current residence.
The 2020 Census Center of Population data underlying this visualization are available on the Center of Population webpage. More information can also be found in the Center of Population press kit.