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Where Eagles Fly

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The Cities and communities of Charles County, Maryland *

Bel Alton, Benedict, Bennsville, Bryans Road, Bryantown

Cobb Island




Indian Head, Ironsides, Issue

La Plata (County Seat)

Malcolm, Marbury, Morgantown, Mount Victoria

Nanjemoy, Newburg

Pisgah, Pomfret, Popes Creek, Pomonkey, Port Tobacco Village, Potomac Heights

Ripley, Rison, Rock Point

Saint Charles, Swan Point

Waldorf, Welcome, White Plains


*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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Information & Facts about Charles County, Maryland

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Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools


CharlesCounty, MD

The county is governed by a group of five county commissioners.

See the county seal and other government information for Charles County

Government information for Charles County

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1990 - 101,154
2000 - 120,546
2007 - 140,444

Housing Units:
2000 - 43,903

2000 - 262 persons per square mile

Median age:
2000 - 34.6 years

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Charles County is located in the south-central area of Maryland

Neighboring areas:
North - Prince George's County
East - Calvert County
Southeast - St. Mary's County
Southeast - Westmoreland County in Virginia
South - King George County in Virginia
West - Prince William County in Virginia
West - Stafford County in Virginia
Northwest - Fairfax County in Virginia

A map page for Charles County showing its location with the state of Maryland

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Other Facts and Figures:

Median household income:
2000 - $62,199
2007 - $83,412

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $24,285

Estimated Median houseor condo value
2000 - $153,500
2007 - $371,100

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As one of Maryland's oldest counties, Charles County was created in 1658 by an Order in Council. From 1650 to 1653 there was also a previous Charles County which is referred to historically as "Old Charles County." The county was named for Charles Calvert (1637-1715) who was the 3rd Lord Baltimore.

In April 1865, John Wilkes Booth made his escape through Charles County after shooting President Abraham Lincoln. He was on his way to Virginia.

On 28 April 2002, a tornado cut through the County and destroyed much of downtown La Plata. The county has a number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places

History information for Charles County

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Total area: 643 square miles
Total land area: 461 square miles
Total water area: 182 square miles

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GenWeb page for Charles County
The Political Graveyard for the county
Register of Wills for Charles County
Linkpendium page for Charles County
My Maryland Genealogy page for the county

Charles County Genealogical Society

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Charles County Public Library
La Plata Branch
2 Garrett Avenue
La Plata, Maryland 20646
Phone: 301-934-9001

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Charles County Public Schools
Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building
5980 Radio Station Road
La Plata, MD 20646

County Board of Education

College of Southern Maryland

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Economic Development & Tourism

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Organizations & Groups

Humane Society of Charles County

Charles County Chamber of Commerce
101 Centennial Street, Suite A
La Plata, Maryland 20646
Phone: 301-932-6500

Charles County Arts Alliance, Inc.
10250 La Plata Drive
P.O. Box 697
White Plains, MD 20695
Phone: 301-392-5900

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Attractions & Other Information

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
professional baseball team based in Waldorf, Maryland, in the United States. They are a member of the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball.

Southern Maryland Online

Thomas Stone National Historic Site
Stone was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Things to see and do in Charles County

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