La Plata, MD Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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La Plata, Maryland - Basic Facts

The Town of La Plata had a population of 9,398 as of July 1, 2016. La Plata ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Maryland. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for La Plata is located at latitude 38.5434 and longitude -76.9699 in Charles County. The formal boundaries for the Town of La Plata (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.41 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. Charles County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 187 feet.

The Town of La Plata (GNIS ID: 2391260) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of La Plata is located within District 1, La Plata, a minor civil division (MCD) of Charles County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with La Plata population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for La Plata: LaPlata, Laplata, LaPlata Station, Le Plateau.

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La Plata, MD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 9,398
Population in Households 8,858
Population in Familes 7,288
Population in Group Qrtrs 540
Population Density1 1,269
Diversity Index2 57


Total Households 3,303
Average Household Size 2.68
Family Households 2,249
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,501 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,292 (65.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,010 (28.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 198 ( 5.7%)
Median Home Value $344,043
Average Home Value $359,762


Median Household Income $79,873
Average Household Income $100,080
Per Capita Income $38,380
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.14% 1.45%
Households 1.22% 1.54%
Families 1.17% 1.43%
Median Household Income   1.6%
Per Capita Income   1.34%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

La Plata, MD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares La Plata to the other 518 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Maryland by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 138 74th
Population Density1 # 264 49th
Diversity Index2 # 127 75th
Median Household Income # 189 64th
Per Capita Income # 164 69th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Maryland Census Data Comparison Tool.