What is this mysterious distance?

Rafagon

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I have a contact whose address I inputted simply as “United States of America.” On his contact card, there’s a pin on a map displayed next to that. When I tap that map, it displays his name, and below that, it says “1,448 mi.” (See screenshots below.)

1,448 miles to what?

If I specified his address as simply ‘United Sates of America,” then what is this mysterious distance?

I asked him if he thought this figure was accurate, and we figured out we are in fact actually 969 miles away from each other (and 1,197 miles actual driving distance).

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Europa

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If you don't designate a specific location in the US, it drops the pin in the geographic center of the Lower 48, which is near the Nebraska/Kansas border.

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RoofMonkey

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Maybe it just picked a central US spot like Kansas for the pinpoint for the United States?
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