La Plata

La Plata (Spanish pronunciation: [la ˈplata]) is the capital city of Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. According to the 2010 census [INDEC], it has a population of 793,144[1] and its metropolitan area, the Greater La Plata, has 987,294 inhabitants.

La Plata
City
Ciudad de La Plata
From top left: Moreno Square • Cathedral of La Plata • La Plata train station • Smilodon sculpture at the La Plata Museum entrance • Buenos Aires Province Legislature • Sculpture and La Plata City Hall in the background
La Plata
Location in Argentina
La Plata
La Plata (Argentina)
Coordinates: 34°55′16″S 57°57′16″W
Country Argentina
Province Buenos Aires
PartidoLa Plata
Founded19 November 1882
Founded byDardo Rocha
Government
  IntendantJulio Garro (PRO-JxC)
Area
  City27 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation
26 m (85 ft)
Population
 (2010 census)
  City793,144
  Rank5th in Argentina
  Density29,000/km2 (76,000/sq mi)
  Metro
987,294
Demonym(s)platense
Time zoneUTC−3 (ART)
CPA Base
1900
Area code(s)+54 221

La Plata was planned and developed to serve as the provincial capital after the city of Buenos Aires was federalized in 1880. It was officially founded by Governor Dardo Rocha on 19 November 1882. Its construction is fully documented in photographs by Tomás Bradley Sutton.[2] La Plata was briefly known as Ciudad Eva Perón (Eva Perón City) between 1952 and 1955.

The city is home to two important first division football teams: Estudiantes de La Plata and Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata.