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May 10, 2010, 7:34 pm
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Between 1900 and 2000, the mean center of the U.S. population moved about 324 miles westand 101 miles south.
The South and West accounted for nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population increase from 1900 to 2000.

That bureau has been holding censuses every decade since 1790; these censuses form the backdrop for this string of mean centres of population in the US. The map shows an ever westward shift of that centre, obviously in parallel with the westward expansion of the US and its citizenry. The mean centre of population of the US has shifted thusly:

  • 1790: 23 miles east of Baltimore (MD)
  • 1800: 18 miles west of Baltimore (MD)
  • 1810: 40 miles northwest by west of Washington, DC
  • 1820: 16 miles east of Moorefield (VA, now WV)
  • 1830: 19 miles west-southwest of Moorefield (VA, now WV)
  • 1840: 16 miles south of Clarksburg (VA, now WV)
  • 1850: 23 miles southeast of Parkersburg (VA, now WV)
  • 1860: 20 miles south by east of Chillcothe (OH)
  • 1870: 48 miles east by north of Cincinnati (OH)
  • 1880: 8 miles west by south of Cincinnati (OH)
  • 1890: 20 miles east of Columbus (IN)*
  • 1900: 6 miles southeast of Columbus (IN)*
  • 1910: in the city of Bloomington (IN)
  • 1920: 8 miles south-southeast of Spencer (IN)
  • 1930: 3 miles northeast of Linton (IN)
  • 1940: 2 miles southeast by east of Carlisle (IN)
  • 1950: 8 miles north-northwest of Olney (IN)
  • 1950: 3 miles northeast of Louisville (IL)**
  • 1960: 6-1/2 miles northwest of Centralia (IL)
  • 1970: 5 miles east-southeast of Mascoutah (IL)
  • 1980: 1/4 mile west of DeSoto (MO)
  • 1990: 10 miles southeast of Steelville (MO)
  • 2000: 3 miles east of Edgar Springs (MO)

resources:

Demographic Trends in the 20th Century: US Census

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