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Press Kit: Center of Population

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

News Release: Plato, Mo. Celebrates Recognition as the 2010 Census U.S. Center of Population

CounterParts article [PDF]

Map [PDF] Position of the Geographic Center of Area, Mean and Median Centers of Population: 2010
Map [PDF] Mean Center of Population for the United States: 1790 to 2010

Interactive Center of Population Map Widget

Mean Center of Population Relative Shift by Decade: 1790 to 2010 [PPT | PDF]
This series of plots provides a way to view the variations in movement and distance from one mean center of population to another. In these slides, the compass on the right marks the starting decade for each pair of centers. The second decade's center is plotted in relation to the compass point, with the length and angle of the line indicating the relative distance and directionality of movement. The final slide highlights the decade with the greatest distance of movement (1860), shortest distance (1920), most northerly direction (1870), and most southerly (2010).

Additional information
Centers of Population Computation Documentation [PDF]
Methodology used by the U.S. Census Bureau for the computation
of the centers of population from 1950 to 2010.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: May 31, 2018