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Watch the US population shifting over 220 years

Joss Fong is a founding member of the Vox video team and a producer focused on science and tech. She holds a master's degree in science, health, and environmental reporting from NYU.

Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau calculates the exact center of the American population. Vox's Danielle Kurtzleben explains what that one statistic shows about U.S. history.

Further reading: 21 charts that explain how the US is changing