Chatham, Illinois

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Chatham, Illinois

Introduction to Chatham, Illinois

Chatham, Illinois, in Sangamon county, is 9 miles S of Springfield, Illinois and 78 miles NE of St. Louis,, Missouri. The village benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Springfield metropolitan area with. Chatham’s population is approximately 8,583.

Chatham History

The earliest settlement in the Chatham area was established in 1816, and the region was formally named Chatham on October 22, 1836. The land was once an open prairie between Lick Creek and Panther Creek. It was predominantly an agricultural land with magnificent fields of corn, and many farmers settled here. Abraham Lincoln was instrumental in the construction of a railroad connecting Springfield to St. Louis, which ran through Chatham.

Chatham and nearby Attractions

  • Illinois State Museum
  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site
  • Sangchris Lake State Park
  • Henson Robinson Zoo
  • Knight’s Caribbean Water Adventure

Things To Do In Chatham

Those interested in history can visit museums like the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, the Springfield Art Association or the Illinois State Museum. The Springfield Themepark and Knight’s Caribbean Water Adventure are popular local recreational spots as well.

Chatham Transportation

St. Louis Airport is nearby.

Chatham Higher Education

Lincolnland Community College, the University of Illinois, Millkin University, Lewis and Clarke Community College, Southern Illinois University and Bradley University are all accessible from Chatham.

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High Points

Chatham strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 11% Chatham College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Chatham People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 18% Chatham Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Chatham, Illinois

Comparing Chatham to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 8 7
Well-Paid Single Men 7 7
Well-Paid Single Women 6 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 6
Age of the Population 4 3
Female Share of the Population 3 4
Racial Diversity 2 5
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 8 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
College Educated Adults 9 9
Median Family Income 8 9
People Above Poverty 8 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 10
Short Commute Times 6 8
Public Transportation Use 3 4
Walking and Biking to Work 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 4
Affordability of Rents 4 3
People Living Alone 2 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2

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Chatham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles S of Springfield, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 78 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Sangamon
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 62629
Phone Area Codes 217
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.676
Longitude -89.704

Chatham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 33 F
Apr Temp 42 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 35 inches
Station MASON CITY 1 W
Distance 36.2 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 41 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches
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Chatham Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,583 100%
Male 4,213 49.1%
Female 4,370 50.9%
Under 18 2,746 32%
18+ 5,837 68%
65+ 620 7.2%
Median Age 35
Average Family Size 3.13
White 8,367 97.5%
African-American 66 0.8%
Asian 77 0.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 13 0.2%
Other 13 0.2%
Mixed Race 47 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 66 0.8%

Estimated Chatham Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,787
Growth 1,204
Growth % 14%

Chatham Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 32.5%
Irish 14.6%
English 11.6%
US/American 7.8%
Italian 5.9%
Polish 3.2%
French (except Basque) 2.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.8%
Scotch-Irish 2.4%
European 2.4%
Scottish 2.1%
Swedish 1.9%
Dutch 1.3%
Swiss 1.2%
Czech 0.8%
Welsh 0.8%
Greek 0.7%
Norwegian 0.7%
Russian 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Croatian 0.4%
British 0.4%
Luxemburger 0.3%
Pennsylvania German 0.3%
Eastern European 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Chatham 8,583 $64,257
Auburn 4,317 $49,200
Jerome 1,414 $48,362
Leland Grove 1,592 $92,245
Loami 804 $48,200
Pawnee 2,647 $54,736
Southern View 1,695 $47,386

Chatham Public Libraries

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Serves 1,270 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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