The center of the country

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In 1790, the population center of the United States was Kent County, Maryland. By 2000, it was in Phelps County, Missouri, more than 1000 miles to the west. Now,1 it's moved a little farther west and south -- 23.4 miles to Texas County, Missouri.

How do I know this? Because the U.S. Census Bureau told me so. You can go to their website for more information, or simply enjoy the interactive graphic below.


1Well, in 2010, actually.