Maryland Charles County Public Libraries

By | December 31, 2022

We are providing a comprehensive directory of public libraries in Charles County, Maryland. This list includes library formal name, street address, postal code, phone number and how many books are available. Check the following list to see all public libraries in Maryland Charles County.

Street Address: 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Phone Number: (301) 934-9001 Charles 778,071 354,367

2. Branch Library LA PLATA BRANCH
Street Address: 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Phone Number: (301) 870-3520 Charles N/A N/A

Street Address: 50 Village ST., Waldorf, MD 20602
Phone Number: (301) 645-2864 Charles N/A N/A

4. Branch Library POTOMAC BRANCH
Street Address: 3225 Ruth B. Swan Drive, Indian Head, MD 20640
Phone Number: (301) 375-7375 Charles N/A N/A

Overview of Charles County, Maryland

Charles County is a county in the south central portion of the U.S. state of Maryland.

As of 2000, the population is 120,546. Its county seat is La Plata. The county was named for Charles Calvert (1637-1715), third Lord Baltimore. Calvert lived in Maryland from 1661 to 1684, when he returned to England.

This county is a part of the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area.


Charles County was created in 1658 by an Order in Council. It should be noted that from 1650 to 1653 there was an earlier Charles County, sometimes referred to in historic documents as Old Charles County.


Charles County is governed by county commissioners, the traditional form of county government in Maryland.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,666 km² (643 mi²). 1,194 km² (461 mi²) of it is land and 472 km² (182 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 28.33% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 120,546 people, 41,668 households, and 32,292 families residing in the county. The population density is 101/km² (262/mi²). There are 43,903 housing units at an average density of 37/km² (95/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 68.51% White, 26.06% Black or African American, 0.75% Native American, 1.82% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 2.08% from two or more races. 2.26% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 41,668 households out of which 41.10% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% are married couples living together, 14.50% have a female householder with no husband present, and 22.50% are non-families. 17.20% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.20% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.86 and the average family size is 3.21.

In the county the population is spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 33.20% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 7.80% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $62,199, and the median income for a family is $67,602. Males have a median income of $43,371 versus $34,231 for females. The per capita income for the county is $24,285. 5.50% of the population and 3.70% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 6.70% of those under the age of 18 and 8.60% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Cities and towns

According to countryaah, Charles County, Maryland has the following cities and towns:

  1. Indian Head (incorporated 1920)
  2. La Plata (incorporated 1888)
  3. Port Tobacco Village (incorporated 1888) (Note that, despite its name, Port Tobacco Village is a town, not a village.)

All three are classified as towns under Maryland law.

Unincorporated areas are also considered as towns by many people and listed in many collections of towns, but they lack local government. Various organizations, such as the United States Census Bureau, the United States Postal Service, and local chambers of commerce, define the communities they wish to recognize differently, and since they are not incorporated, their boundaries have no official status outside the organizations in question. The Census Bureau recognizes the following census-designated places in the county:

  1. Bennsville
  2. Bryans Road
  3. Hughesville
  4. Potomac Heights
  5. Saint Charles
  6. Waldorf

Map of Charles County Maryland