Dundas in Richland County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
1950 Census Population Center
The 1950 census of population conducted by the Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce determined the center of population of the United States to be at latitude 38 degrees 50 minutes 21 seconds north and longitude 88 degrees 9 minutes 33 seconds west. This marker is located near the center of population.
Location. 38° 50.063′ N, 88° 5.074′ W. Marker is in Dundas, Illinois, in Richland County. Marker is at the intersection of County Route 1800 N and North Easy Avenue, on the left when traveling east on County Route 1800 N. Click for map. Marker is located in front of the Dundas Ruritan Club building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4616 East Dundas Lane, Dundas IL 62425, United States of America.
Also see . . . U.S. Census Bureau History: 1950 Overview. This link identifies some of the new manners in which the census was taken in 1950, the first decennial census after WWII. Citizens outside the U.S. (especially military) were counted for the first time; UNIVAC1, one of the earliest non-military computers was used to tabulate census data; and for the first time, select populations were recounted.
1. The 1950 Census
The 1950 census reported the United States continental population as 150,897,361 up nearly 19 million from 1940. The aggregate number changed only 3.6 million, however the 1930 and 1940 census data also included the population of the Philippines, because those islands had been ceded to the United States in 1898. On July 4, 1946, the Philippines were granted independence and became the Republic of the Philippines. Even with the loss of over 400,000 US lives in WWII (see http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0004615.html), continental population grew substantially - the beginning of the "baby boom."
2. Stevenson and Schricker
Present at the ceremony for this marker in October, 1951 were Adlai Stevenson, governor of Illinois, and Henry Schricker, governor of Indiana, even though Dundas is 35 miles (as the crow flies) from the Indiana border. In July, 1952, Henry Schricker would introduce Adlai Stevenson at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where Stevenson would win the nomination of the party.
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