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It'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).
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.
It is the fourth Missouri town to hold the distinction. Plato, located in Texas County, had a 2010 population of 109 people.
Illinois - 2010 U.S. Census Population Data
The U.S. Census Bureau released Illinois population and demographic data today.
Why is this important? Among other reasons, the data can be used to re-draw federal, state and local legislative districts.
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