Benjamin hoste

University of Missouri

Having been born on the east coast and raised on the west coast, middle America has always seemed like a foreign country to me. When I discovered that the mean population center of the United States, calculated using census data, was only a couple hours drive from my new home in Columbia, Missouri, I felt compelled to visit. These photographs explore what I found when I traveled to Plato, Missouri, a rural town with a population of 109 that happens to sit on top of the mean population center of the United States.