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September 21st, 2022
NOAA and U.S. Census Bureau to celebrate the new U.S. Center of Population

The U.S. Census Bureau announced the nation’s new center of population in 2020 to be in Hartville, Missouri, in the Ozark Mountains. NOAA will honor the spot with a permanent commemorative survey mark, and the people of Hartville will celebrate this new reference point by having a party to show off the “center” of America. 

The center of population is a point where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of the United States would balance perfectly if everyone were of identical weight. This is the fifth time in a row that the center of population has fallen in Missouri. Recording population numbers and how people move over time helps with distribution of congressional districts and planning for the allocation of government resources and infrastructure needs.

WHAT: 
The celebration will include remarks from local, state and federal leaders as well as musical performances from Aaron McDaris, banjo player and member of Grammy Award-winning band Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, and singer Cheryl Brown who will lead the Hartville High School Choir.

WHO:
NOAA
City of Hartville, MO
U.S. Census Bureau

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 4:30pm Central Time

WHERE:
Hartville City Park, Steele Bluff Rd, Hartville, MO

HOW:
The celebration is free and open to the public. Reporters who are interested in attending should contact Alison Gillespie (202-713-6644 or [email protected]) Reporters interested in interviews on the 2020 Center of Population and other Census Bureau data should contact the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office (301-763-3030/877-866-2010 or [email protected]).

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