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This town of 600 is the new Center of U.S. Population

Hartville, MO (KXAN) — every 10 years US Census and NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey Coordinates Calculate the center of the U.S. population to understand changes and trends in where people live.

In the most recent 2020 Census, the U.S. population center was identified as Hartville, Missouri.

The calculation is done by taking the population of the United States, finding their locations and averaging them across the country. According to NOAA, they came up with “the average location where Americans live” Press Releases on this topic.

The location has been counted since 1790, when the U.S. population center was in Kent County, Maryland.

For the past five years, the Missouri location has held the title of America’s Population Center!

The westward shift of population has continued since 1790, as can be seen from a map of average population centers over the years. Since 1920, the southward movement has also been evident.

Average center of the U.S. population (courtesy: U.S. Census)

NOAA and the U.S. Census Bureau held various celebrations in late September in Hartville, Missouri, to honor the new U.S. population center of 600 people.

Courtesy: NOAA
Courtesy: NOAA

It won’t be counted again until after the next U.S. Census in 2030.

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