Plato, Missouri: 2010 U.S. Population Center Team Field Report

Hwy 32, Plato, MO
South side of Hwy 32 next to a gazebo. It's a plaque on a upright block of Missouri red granite.
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2010 U.S. Population Center.

2010 U.S. Population Center

The 2010 U.S. Census proclaimed the population center of the nation to be in Plato. The town wasted no time erecting a monument: a silvery disk mounted on a small red granite pedestal. Report... [10/01/2022]
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Monument: 2010 Population Center of the U.S.

There was some controversy surrounding what city was actually the population center in 2010. Two scientists from Minnesota, using a 3-D map, decided the actual population center was in Tebbetts, MO. The U.S. Census Bureau uses a flat map to determine the population center. Despite the marker in Plato, there is also a sign in Tebbetts.

[Stacie Cowell, 06/15/2015]

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