(WASHINGTON) -- During the past 10 years, America's population center moved about 40 miles west from Edgar Springs, Missouri in 2000, to Plato, Missouri, according to the latest data released Thursday by the Census Bureau.
Specifically, the bureau identified the mean center of population as 2.7 miles northeast of Plato, a village with a population of 109. The mean center represents the middle of the nation's population distribution.
In 2000, the population center of the country rested in Phelps County, Missouri. In 1790, the year Washington, D.C. was named the nation's capital, the mean center of population sat in Kent County, Maryland.
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