March 24, 2011
Andy Justice looks over a pile of rocks Thursday on land he farms about two miles east of Plato, Mo. The rocks were placed there by a government survey crew to mark the population center of the United States according to the 2010 census.
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In a nation of nearly 310 million people, America’s new population center rests not in a Midwestern skyline of St. Louis or Chicago, but in this tiny Missouri village named after an ancient Greek philosopher.