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.