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Tebbetts, Missouri

The village of Plato, Missouri, over 100 miles to the south of Tebbetts, was designated the official 2010 U.S. Population Center based on that year's census data, but Tebbetts knows better. The U.S. Census Bureau, according to Tebbetts, used a flat map to make its Center determination; later, two researchers from a Michigan university checked the results using a 3-D map, and declared Tebbetts to be the true population center of the 48 contiguous states.

A large sign in the town's tiny park boasts, "'Unofficial' Geographic Population Center Continental U.S.A." Since we live in a 3-D world, Tebbetts has a strong argument -- at least until 2020.

Unofficial 2010 U.S. Population Center

Hwy 94, Tebbetts, MO
A sign proclaiming this small town to be the Center stands in a little park along Hwy 94.
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