Journey To The Centroid Of The Country

Jul 31, 2013

A topographer at work with an alidade and plane table.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library

What's a centroid? It is a hypothetical calculation of the exact center of the U.S. population. It involves the U.S. Census and has changed over the country's 220 years, sometimes falling in a town and at other times settling in the middle of rural country. Orion Magazine writer Jeremy Miller explores the centroid and finds that its movement has matched the country's westward expansion and development.

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