People have long been intrigued by figuring out the center of the places where we live.
You’re probably familiar with the concept of center of population.
Imagine placing an equal weight at the residential location of each individual; the center of population would be the single point on a map that balances all those weighted spots.
The U.S. Census Bureau, for example, produces a map each decade showing the location of the country’s center, summarizing the geographic distribution of the national population.
The U.S. center has moved steadily west – it first crossed the Mississippi River in 1980 – and in recent decades has taken a turn to the south.
What about if you sweep all the people off the landscape? Where is the geographic center of a region?
Published April 4, 2017