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Overview

Introduction to La Plata, Maryland

La Plata, Maryland, in Charles county, is 18 miles S of Alexandria, Virginia and 25 miles S of Washington, D.C.. There are 6,551 residents in the town.

La Plata History

La Plata was named after the La Plata River in Argentina by Colonel Samuel Chapman. The community was founded in the 1870s. It was originally served by the Pennsylvania Railroad. La Plata was incorporated as a town on April 4, 1888. It is the county seat of Charles County, which was created in 1658.

La Plata and nearby Attractions

  • African - American Heritage Museum
  • Chapel Point State Park
  • Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum
  • Arthur Storer Planetarium

Things To Do In La Plata

The African American Heritage Museum showcases various artifacts reflecting the historical and cultural background of this area. Local parks include Silver Linden Park, Tilghman Park, Wills Memorial Park and the Clark Run Nature Area. The Potomac Square Shopping Center, the Hawthorne Shopping Center and the La Plata Shopping Center are the local shopping centers. The Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area and Chapel Point State Park are the other popular attractions in the area. In addition, the town hosts the Charles County Fair every year.

La Plata Transportation

Washington Reagan National is the nearest major airport.

La Plata Higher Education

The College of Southern Maryland is located in La Plata. The University of Maryland, Howard University and Georgetown University are all close by as well.

People

Total Population 8,903
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,969
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 43.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.7%
Median Earnings25+ $58,391
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $35,592
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,587

Wealth

Median Family Income $114,206
% Above Poverty Level 89.3%
% Below Poverty Level 10.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,143
Median House Value $324,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.9%
US/American 0%
English 8.4%
Irish 13.7%

La Plata Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles S of Alexandria, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 25 miles S of Washington, District of Columbia
County Charles
Standard Zip Codes 20646
Phone Area Codes 301
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.529
Longitude -76.975

La Plata Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LA PLATA 1 W
Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 44 F
Apr Temp 43 to 68 F
Jul Temp 67 to 85 F
Oct Temp 47 to 68 F
Annual Precip 44 inches
Station MECHANICSVILLE 5 NE
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 44 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 67 to 86 F
Oct Temp 47 to 66 F
Annual Precip 47.5 inches
Station UPPER MARLBORO 3 NNW
Distance 25.5 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 43 F
Apr Temp 41 to 65 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 43.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, La Plata, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Dentsville (20646)

Laplata (20646)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Capitol Heights 4,452 $85,521
District Heights 5,977 $78,173
Forest Heights 2,496 $69,299
Indian Head 3,885 $73,709
Morningside 1,367 $82,292

La Plata Public Libraries

Library
Charles County Public Library
2 GARRETT AVENUE
La Plata, Maryland
(301) 934-9001
Library Web Site

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La Plata Hospitals

CIVISTA MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
701 E CHARLES STREET
(301) 609-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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LA PLATA HIGH SCHOOL
6035 RADIO STATION RD
301-934-1100
Serves 1,576 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

F. B. GWYNN EDUCATIONAL CENTER
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301-934-3884
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A Title I School.

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