According to US Census Bureau, America’s heart has now moved 18 miles towards Hartville, Missouri, where 30% of Missouri residents are in poverty. This is as the country continues on its southwestward-ward path.

Plato, Missouri’s center, is replaced by the Missouri Ozarks hamlet, which has 600 residents. This represents the largest distance shift over the last century.

Census Bureau performed the calculation using 2020 Census Data.

The US was a scale, and each resident has equal weight.

The spot at the center of the country is where the scale will balance on an imagined, flat US map.

Hartville, Missouri was hailed the center of the nation by the US Census bureau

Hartville in Missouri has been proclaimed the national center by the US Census bureau

The hamlet of about 600 people in the Missouri Ozarks replaces Plato, Missouri as the heart of the nation

Plato Missouri, the heart of America is now replaced by the Missouri Ozarks’ hamlet that houses 600 residents

Using longitude and latitude positions to measure the spot, the Census Bureau then identifies the nearest incorporated municipality as the nation’s core.

The population center has been established since 1790, when Chestertown Maryland, was made the middle of America.

From the initial site, 886 miles have been moved westward to establish the latest stable middle ground.

The center of population has been calculated since 1790, when Chestertown, Maryland was named the heart of America

Since 1790 when Chestertown in Maryland was called the Heart of America, the center of population has always been determined

The center of the nation is the spot where the scale of equally-weighted US residents would balance on an imaginary, flat US map. Using longitude and latitude positions, the Census Bureau then identifies the nearest incorporated municipality as the nation¿s center.

The centre of the nation refers to the point at which equally-weighted US residents balance on an imaginary flat US map. Using longitude and latitude positions, the Census Bureau then identifies the nearest incorporated municipality as the nation’s center.

‘The movement of the center of population helps tell the story of this century’s migration South and West,” Ron Jarmin, the Census Bureau’s acting director, said in a release. ‘It helps visualize where we live.’

Missouri is the national middle ground and has been for four decades.

As the centers shifted since 1960, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAAA) National Geodetic Survey has marked the locations.

‘NOAA’s work to survey and map our country captures snapshots of history as it unfolds through the years,’ Nicole LeBoeuf, assistant administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, said in a release.

‘These measurements also provide the foundation for services Americans rely on daily, such as driving directions and community planning.’

Hartville is located approximately 120 miles away from Jefferson City, the capital of the state.

Aside from now having the novelty of being the center of the nation, it doesn’t appear to offer many draws for tourists. Hartville lies about 75 minutes from Mansfield which was once the home of Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie author.

Hartville's population has decreased to 547 people since this undated photo was taken

Hartville has seen a decline in its population to 547 since the undated photograph was taken. 

Hartville's poverty level was 30.5 percent in 2019, about triple the national average

Hartville’s level of poverty was 30.5 per cent in 2019, which is almost triple the national mean.

The predominantly white hamlet was populated by 547 people in 2019 with a median age of 48, according to last year’s census.

In comparison to the national average of $68,703., the median household income was $22,000.

It was triple the national poverty rate of 10.5 per cent in 2019, which means that there was more than 30.5 million people living in poverty. 

A few shops can be found in the rural village, including a hardware store and animal feed shop, a thrift shop, and a pharmacy.

Hartville Mayor Rob Tucker stated that he was happy to see the village receive national recognition.

‘It’s a great feeling to live in Hartville,’ he said in a release. ’It has always been a town with a big heart and is now the heart of America.’


The numbers indicate the center of the population 

GPS coordinates: 37.415725 N, 92.346525 W

Distance from nearest incorporated community: 14.6 miles  

Hartville, Missouri, population: 594  

Distance between Hartville & previous center: 11.8 mi 

Distance between Hartville & original 1790 Center: 886 Miles 

Source: US Census Bureau