Written by: Director Robert Groves
I’m off to help the people of Plato, Missouri, a small village in South Central Missouri, celebrate their being named the 2010 Center of Population.
The center of the population as defined by the 2010 Census is that point in the US that if we imagined a flat surface representing all the geography (including Alaska and Hawaii), with all residents weighing exactly the same, we would have a perfect balance on the surface.
This decade the center of population moved from Edgar Springs, MO, to Plato, southwest by about 20 miles or so.
I’ll meet with students at the school and help the local officials unveil the marker placed by the US Geodetic Survey designating the center of population.
See how the center of population has moved over the decades.