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La Plata, Maryland

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The location of La Plata

Welcome to La Plata ...

The town of La Plata is located in Charles County and is the County Seat for Charles County.

The location of La Plata has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, La Plata has a population of 9,365 people<2> (see below for details).

La Plata is 180 feet [55 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: La Plata lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for La Plata: (301) & (240)<4>

The ZIP code for La Plata: 20646<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, La Plata had a population of 8,753 people (which is 5.97% of the total population of Charles County). This makes La Plata the county's most populous community.

The population of La Plata represents 0.15% of the total population of Maryland (which has 5,773,552 people), making it the state's 26th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 8,753 people, the population of La Plata increased 33.61% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 6,551 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, La Plata had an population of 9,365 people. This is an increase of 6.99% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 42.96% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for La Plata.

Communities near La Plata ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from La Plata and not the distance if driven.<6>.

Community   2017
Bel Alton   [Map]   ---   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
Eagle Harbor   [Map]   70   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
Forest Heights   [Map]   2,572   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
Indian Head   [Map]   3,807   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
Pomfret   [Map]   ---   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
Alexandria (VA)   [Map]   160,035   N   19 miles [30.6 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for La Plata.

Communities Also Named La Plata ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 7 communities that are also named La Plata - they are located in Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas (2) and Utah.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for La Plata.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around La Plata. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of La Plata. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around La Plata. Our list includes 8 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for La Plata:

Websites for La Plata ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for La Plata ...

Looking for more information about La Plata? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for La Plata, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for La Plata.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Maryland

About Charles County

About Maryland

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for La Plata:

The official website for Charles County:

The official website for State of Maryland:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for La Plata.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around La Plata - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Area code (240) is an overlay for area code (301).

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<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as La Plata). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether La Plata or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- La Plata) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for La Plata. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from La Plata

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in La Plata. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5351, Longitude: -76.9692     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for La Plata have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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