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Center is a city in Oliver County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of, and the only incorporated place in, Oliver County. The population was 571 at the 2010 census.HistoryCenter was founded in 1902. The city was named from its location near the geographical center of Oliver County. Coincidentally, it has also been calculated to be the geographical center of North America.The town is somewhat notable for the blizzard-related death of Hazel Miner, who would go on to be the subject of a song and memorials.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.46sqmi, all of it land.Southwest of Center, there is a large open air coal mine. Southeast of Center, at Nelson Lake there is a large power plant. West of Nelson Lake there is the static inverter plant of HVDC Square Butte.Peter Rogerson, a professor of geography at the University at Buffalo in New York, used new scientific methods and the azimuthal equidistant projection to calculate the "geographic center" of the North American continent. He found Center, North Dakota, to be the continent's geographic center.Demographics2010 censusAs of the census of 2010, there were 571 people, 252 households, and 169 families residing in the city. The population density was 1241.3PD/sqmi. There were 310 housing units at an average density of 673.9/sqmi. The racial makeup of the city was 96.0% White, 0.5% African American, 3.2% Native American, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.
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