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 9,594 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 9,594
Daytime Population: Workers 8,903
Daytime Population: Residents 4,589
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 13,492
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.41
Population in Households 9,042
Population in Familes 7,434
Population in Group Qrtrs 552
Population Density2 1,295
Diversity Index3 58


Median Household Income $80,493
Average Household Income $102,743
Per Capita Income $39,369


Total Housing Units 3,595 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,347 (65.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,026 (28.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 222 ( 6.2%)
Median Home Value $351,182
Average Home Value $368,431


Total Households 3,373
Average Household Size 2.68
Family Households 2,296
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.27% 1.54%
Households 1.34% 1.65%
Families 1.3% 1.55%
Median Household Income   1.42%
Per Capita Income   2.06%

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, 2017 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 Density # 261 50th
Diversity Index # 122 77th
Median Household Income # 192 63rd
Per Capita Income # 164 69th

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