This Missouri town is the center of the United States

This Missouri town is the center of the United States

Some people might describe Hartville, Missouri, as being in the middle of nowhere, but the US Census Bureau announced Tuesday that it’s the closest city to the center of the country.

The hamlet of about 600 people is located in the Missouri Ozarks about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the center of population distribution in the United States, according to the Census Bureau.

The population center of the nation is calculated every 10 years after the once-a-decade census shows where the people live. The Heart of America has been located in Missouri since 1980.

The US population center, formerly located in Plateau Missouri, in the neighboring county, moved only 11.8 miles (19 km) from 2010 to 2020. It is the smallest remote shift in 100 years and the second smallest shift in US history.

To calculate the center of the United States, the Census Bureau finds out where the “equilibrium point” would be if the 50 states were located on a flat imaginary surface with identically sized weights – each representing one person’s location – placed on the he-she.

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Author Mike Schneider at the Associated Press in Orlando, Florida, contributed to this report.

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