Plato http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Plato, Mo., sits at center of nation's population http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/plato-mo-sits-center-nations-population <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&amp;hl=en&amp;msa=0&amp;msid=208954619287785456203.00049f3f4bc75b53ce57f&amp;ll=42.940339,-91.274414&amp;spn=11.257251,18.676758&amp;t=h&amp;z=5&amp;iwloc=00049f3f4bc84f2e4febf&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br /><small>View <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&amp;hl=en&amp;msa=0&amp;msid=208954619287785456203.00049f3f4bc75b53ce57f&amp;ll=42.940339,-91.274414&amp;spn=11.257251,18.676758&amp;t=h&amp;z=5&amp;iwloc=00049f3f4bc84f2e4febf&amp;source=embed" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255); text-align: left;">Mean Center of U.S. Population 2010</a> in a larger map</small></p><p>It&#39;s official: The new center of the U.S. population is in Missouri, about 2.7 miles northeast of the village of Plato (see above for location).</p><p>The Census Bureau said Thursday that steady migration to the Sun Belt had pushed the site roughly 30 miles southwest of the previous location near Edgar Springs, Mo.</p><p>It is the fourth Missouri town to hold the distinction. Plato, located in Texas County, had a 2010 population of 109 people.</p><p> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 19:21:15 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 803 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org