Charles County is located in the southern central portion of the U.S. state of Maryland. The county seat is La Plata. The county was named for Charles Calvert, third Baron of Baltimore. Charles County was created in 1658 by an Order in Council. There was an also an earlier Charles County from 1650 to 1653, sometimes referred to in historic documents as Old Charles County.
In Port Tobacco, one of the oldest communities on the East Coast, you’ll see the home of Thomas Stone, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the restored Port Tobacco Courthouse, the original county seat that also houses exhibits on tobacco and local archaeology.
La Plata is the county seat. Historic Mount Carmel (1790), a Catholic convent, is just outside La Plata.
The county has a number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places. Among which, are the distinguished Green Park and the historical Pleasant Hill, home of the Green and Spalding Families.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 643 square miles of which 458 square miles is land and 185 square miles (29%) is water.
As of the 2010 census, the population was 146,551.
As of the census of 2010, there were 146,551 people in the county. Census 2000 tells us there are 41,668 households, and 32,292 families residing in the county. The median income (revised in 2007) for a household in the county was $80,573, and the median income for a family was $89,358
The Charles County school system is run by the Charles County Board of Education and is funded by Charles County, Maryland through the taxpayers. CCPS is one of the fastest growing school systems in Maryland. There are 6 Public High Schools, 8 Public Middle Schools, and 21 Public Elementary Schools in this county.
The Towns of Charles County are Indian Head, La Plata (county seat), and Port Tobacco Village. The Census Bureau recognizes the following census-designated places in the county: Bennsville, Bryans Road, Hughesville, Potomac Heights, Saint Charles, Waldorf.
Unincorporated communities in Charles County are: Bel Alton, Benedict, Bryantown, Cobb Island, Dentsville, Faulkner, Glymont, Grayton, Ironsides, Issue, Malcolm, Marbury, Morgantown, Mount Victoria, Nanjemoy, Newburg, Pisgah, Pomfret, Popes Creek, Port Tobacco, Pomonkey, Ripley, Rison, Rock Point, Swan Point, Welcome, White Plains.
Charles County Government Information Office website: http://www.charlescountymd.gov/coadmin/pio/public-information-office
For further information or assistance, contact a member of the Public Information Office team directly:
Phone: 301-645-0550 301-870-3000
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F
P.O. Box 2150, La Plata, MD 20646
200 Baltimore St., La Plata, MD 20646
To learn more about the various Departments in Charles County Government, and the services offered, please visit our Departments page. Below is just a sampling of the items of interest to the residents of Charles County.
Aging and Senior Care
Animal Control Services
Citizens’ Liaison Office
Chamber of Commerce
Charles County Chamber of Commerce
101 Centennial Street, Suite A . La Plata, Maryland . 20646
301-932-6500. 301-932-3945 FAX .
Deed Research and Validation
Housing and Community Development
Housing Choice Voucher Program
Rental Allowance Program (RAP)
Contact Housing & Community Development
(NOTE: Housing & Community Development is a Department of Community Services Division)