America is changing... and we're not talking about the Obama campaign slogan.
The census bureau today releasing its set of national-level findings from the 2010 count. What'd they find?
The last decade was one of rapid minority growth and a housing boom and bust that lead to massive migration. Its official: the new center of the U.S. population is... drum roll please...
Missouri. About three miles northeast of the village of Plato.
The census defines the mean center as the point at which a map of the U.S. would balance perfectly if weights were placed on it representing the location of each person. The census says steady migration to the Sun Belt pushed the site 30 miles southwest of its previous location near Edgar Springs, Mo.
Based on current migration trends, the center is expected to continue moving westward, crossing into Oklahoma or Arkansas by mid-century.
The top states seeing the most gain in population were Florida, Arizona, Texas, North Carolina and Georgia.
The states saying goodbye to their people? For starters, New York. While New York City actually saw its population grow by 167,000, upstate New York tells a very different story. Buffalo losing nearly 11% of its population, Rochester more than 4% and Syracuse lost 1.5%.
The new populations also impact congressional delegations this year - meaning New York's current 29-member house delegation will drop to 27 - its lowest level since 1823.
And as we told you - New York is bad - but the city of Detroit is worse. The motor city's population plummeted 25% over the past decade to fewer than 714,000, a result of the downsizing of the auto industry.
The drop-off of more than 237,000 people in Detroit helped Michigan become the only state that suffered an overall population decline between 2000 and 2010.
But the census report didn't just focus on the changing of where Americans call home—the face of America is changing too.
Hispanics now account for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the last decade, crossing a new census milestone, 50 million or one in six Americans is Hispanic.
Also of note: more than 9 million Americans checked more than one race category on their census form - up 32% from 2000.
That's one of the best things about this country and the people in it. We're always changing, always growing, always trying to better ourselves and our nation.
I hope those in D.C. remember that.
Gerri Willis is the host of "The Willis Report" (5PM/ET), a primetime program that covers the leading financial and political stories of the day and their impact on consumers. Click here to see more from Gerri Willis.