- Posted April 11, 2011 by
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Center of the U.S. population is...
Markers Record Earlier Centers
'I'm sure for the people of Plato, Missouri, being declared the center of the U.S. population is a big deal,' he adds. 'From now on, this event is going to be part of Plato's history.'
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- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer
The path to Plato, Missouri, as the center of the U.S. population, was a long one.
This photo was taken recently in Bloomington, Ind., which was declared the nation's center after the 1910 U.S. Census. The marker is embedded in the Monroe County courthouse grounds.
Small cornerstones or similar markers can be found in Indiana that record these decennial calculations of "centerhood."
Indiana was the center for 6 census counts between 1890 to 1940. Afterwards the center of the population moved southwestward through Illinois and then on to Missouri.
Bloomington is the home of the main campus of Indiana University.