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Fort Meade in Polk County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Florida 2000 Center of Population

 
 
Florida 2000 Center of Population Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 27, 2012
1. Florida 2000 Center of Population Marker
Inscription. Each decade, after it tabulates the decennial census, the U.S. Census Bureau calculates the center of population for the U.S. and each state. The center is determined as the place where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of each state would balance perfectly if all residents were of identical weight. On April 1, 2000, Florida's population was determined to be 15,982,378. Based on that number and the geographic configuration of the state, the centroid of population for Florida was computed at latitude 27.795850 North and longitude 81.634622 West. This computed center point falls on the east side of Lake Buffum located approximately 10.6 miles from this location. Due to the remote location of the true point, [at this time in history] this offset point was established to commemorate Florida's center of population at the beginning of the new century. This marker was incorporated into the state's high precision geodetic network and has a geographic position of latitude 27.752022 North and longitude 81.801788 West.
 
Erected by the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society.
 
Location. 27° 45.122′ N, 81° 48.107′ W. Marker is in Fort Meade, Florida, in Polk County. Marker is at the intersection of West Broadway
Florida 2000 Center of Population Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 27, 2012
2. Florida 2000 Center of Population Marker
In the foreground of Fort Meade City Hall
Street and Charleston Avenue, on the right when traveling west on West Broadway Street. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of Fort Meade City Hall, in the grassy plaza on the east side of the building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8 West Broadway Street, Fort Meade FL 33841, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Meade Veterans Memorial ( a few steps from this marker); Christ Church ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Fort Meade ( approx. half a mile away); Lt. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson Memorial ( approx. half a mile away); Willoughby Tillis Battle Monument ( approx. mile away); Homeland School ( approx. 4.9 miles away); Historic Kissengen Spring ( approx. 4.9 miles away); Fort Chokonikla ( approx. 9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Meade.
 
More about this marker. The marker is a rectangular slab of polished granite laying flat on the ground, facing up. Following the plane of the marker text, the geodetic disk is found just below it.

It should be noted that the geographic coordinates stated near the bottom of the historical marker pertain to the geodetic marker/survey disk, not the historical marker. The coordinates referenced above in "Location" pertain to the historical marker itself, and as such differ
Florida 2000 Center of Population Geodetic Survey Disk image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, June 27, 2012
3. Florida 2000 Center of Population Geodetic Survey Disk
slightly from the disk's coordinates.
 
Regarding Florida 2000 Center of Population. The geodetic disk reads (circular):
Florida 2000
Center of Population

The interior portion of the disc contains emblems of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, the National Geodetic Survey, and the FSMS (Florida Surveying and Mapping Society), as well as a fourth emblem which is unidentified. At the center is a diagram of Florida showing Polk County, inside of which lies a point mapping the location of the Center of Population. Along the bottom of the interior disk area is stated the following: Disk sponsored by Pickett & Associates, Inc.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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