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La Plata

Full nameLa Plata
Official nameCiudad de La Plata
Dardo Rocha
IntendantPablo Bruera
Total Area78.5 sq mi (203.3 km2)
Land Area78.5 sq mi (203.3 km2)
Metro Area1836.6 sq mi (4758 km2)
Elevation85.3 ft (26 m)
Total Population563943 (2001)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)694253
Other information
Time zoneART (UTC-3)
Area code+54 221

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La Plata ( ) is the capital city of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and of La Plata partido. According to the 2001, the city proper has a population of 574,369 and its metropolitan area has 694,253 inhabitants.

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

The city is home to two football (soccer) teams that play in the first division: Estudiantes de La Plata and Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata.

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