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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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Plato, Mo., is center of US population

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.

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