Plato Celebrates Being Dead Center

PLATO, Mo. (AP) — The southern Missouri village of Plato is celebrating its selection as the 2010 U.S. census population center.

The commemoration Monday follows a late March announcement by the federal agency. The mean population center represents the point at which a perfectly flat and rigid map of the United States would balance perfectly if all 308.7 million residents weigh the same and are counted where they live.

A bevy of federal, state and local dignitaries are expected at the 1 p.m. ceremony, including Census Bureau Director Robert Groves.

Village leaders will unveil a commemorative survey marker next to the local post office.

Click the link below to view an interactive map showing our migration west.

Copyright Associated Press


More From CBS St. Louis

KMOX Podcasts
As Heard On KMOX

Listen Live