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Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Plato New Mean Center Of Population
(with comments)

Congratulations to Plato, Missouri: 2010 Center of Population.

The U.S. mean center of population, as of April 1, 2010, is near Plato, Mo., an incorporated village in Texas County. The U.S. Census Bureau calculated this point as the place where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of the United States would balance perfectly if all 308,745,538 residents counted in the 2010 Census were of identical weight.

Johnny, tell them what they've won:

The Census Bureau will install a commemorative “geodetic control mark” at a site near the official coordinates during a dedication ceremony in April 2011. This survey disc will be used by satellites and land surveyors to conduct scientific surveys to generate precise position data that serve as the foundation for accurate mapping and charting in America.

Here's downtown Plato:

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  1. By The Comedian. Comment posted 31-Mar-2011 @09:00am:
    They appear to qualify for the moniker "Centrally Isolated".
  2. By wormpicker. Comment posted 31-Mar-2011 @09:18am:
    Where would the center be if weights were figured in? (closer to Little Rock or Jackson, MS, I'm guessing)
  3. By Doug. Comment posted 31-Mar-2011 @09:41am:
    It looks mean.
    No jean?
  4. By zaine_ridling. Comment posted 31-Mar-2011 @09:42am:
    Even in Missouri, it's isolated. You truly have to go a long way out of your way just to get there. The sign says 100 residents, but that's got to be just one inbred family, right? (I'm about 65 miles away in Rolla.)
  5. By wally the duck. Comment posted 31-Mar-2011 @10:17am:
    Plato, Pluto... same thing, it looks like.
  6. By Umatilla. Comment posted 31-Mar-2011 @10:30am:
    The Mean Streets of Plato.
  7. By kashmarek. Comment posted 31-Mar-2011 @11:19am:
    Weights were figured in, as in a weighted distribution. Remember, this is the population center, where each member of the population is the same (as in one person, then one is the weighting; not weight of or the confused representation of mass). Thus, the distribution is really by population count.
  8. By wormpicker. Comment posted 31-Mar-2011 @11:45am:
    Remember, this is the population center, where each member of the population is the same (as in one person, then one is the weighting; not weight of or the confused representation of mass).


    That's interesting (i think), but what if they considered
    Each person's weight?
  9. By Justin Uthercrank. Comment posted 31-Mar-2011 @12:03pm:
    This was all well and good back when the US consisted of 48 contiguous entities. How do they figure Hawaii way out there in the Pacific Ocean into the "flat, rigid map"? Like Grandpa Simmons says: "too many states!"
  10. By Umatilla. Comment posted 31-Mar-2011 @12:08pm:
    How do they figure Hawaii way out there in the Pacific Ocean into the "flat, rigid map"?

    It's pretty simple, since the map is also "imaginary."
  11. By MAPLE LEAF. Comment posted 31-Mar-2011 @01:52pm:
    The Census Bureau will install a commemorative “geodetic control mark” at a site near the official coordinates during a dedication ceremony in April 2011, and the Westboro Baptist Church will be there.
  12. By Chance Medley. Comment posted 31-Mar-2011 @06:14pm:
    The Butterfly Effect? A few more people counted in one place, a few less in another, and the nearby towns of Nebo, Success or Competition might have snagged the honor.
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