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Just so you know

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It says HERE that Plato, Mo., is now the mean population center of the United States.

But the median population center, as we see HERE, is located near the town of Petersburg, Ind.

The mean population center is the spot where the country would balance if each of its residents weighed the same.

The median population center is at the intersection of two imaginary lines that divide the nation into four parts of equal population.

There’s also a thing known as the geometric median, which is the point at which it would take the least total distance for everyone in the country to travel. But I don’t know where that is. It’s out there somewhere.

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