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Overview

Introduction to Chatham, New Jersey

Chatham, New Jersey, in Morris county, is 7 miles NW of Union, New Jersey (center to center) and 11 miles W of Newark, New Jersey. The town has a population of approximately 8,460.

Chatham History

The Native American tribe of Lenni-Lenapes were the original inhabitants of present day Chatham. It was originally part of Morris Township, and was first settled by Europeans in 1710. The settlers were attracted to the area because it was an important crossing of the Passaic River, and was also in close proximity to the Watchung Mountains. In 1773, the community was named "Chatham" in honor of William Pitt, the earl of Chatham. Chatham Township, which was formed on February 12, 1806, included the community of Chatham and several other villages. The original settlement of Chatham was incorporated as a village on August 19, 1892. On March 1, 1897, it was reincorporated as a borough. In 2005, Money Magazine named Chatham as "One of the Top Ten Places to Live in the United States".

Chatham and Nearby Attractions

  • Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
  • Grover Cleveland Birthplace
  • Cheesequake State Park
  • Bergen County Zoological Park
  • Glen Rock Arboretum

Things To Do In Chatham

Exhibits at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts depict the lifestyles of people and the historical heritage of pre-industrial New Jersey. The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Littell-Lord Farmhouse Museum, and Morris Museum are also near Chatham. There are several places of historic interest within 10 miles including the Edison National Historic Site, Liberty Hall, Grover Cleveland Birthplace, and Morristown National Historical Park. Hickory Tree Shopping Center, and Livingston and Short Hills Malls are shopping centers in the area. The community also hosts the annual Chatham Fest in June.

Chatham Transportation

The closest major airport is Newark Liberty International Airport.

Chatham Higher Education

Colleges close to Chatham are Drew University, Union County College, Seton Hall University, and Kean University.

People

Total Population 10,593
Male Share of the Population 46.2%
Female Share of the Population 53.8%
Senior Citizens 16.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,627
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 62.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 73.4%
Median Earnings25+ $83,333
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,012
Median Earnings With High School Degree $47,250

Wealth

Median Family Income $196,212
% Above Poverty Level 96.7%
% Below Poverty Level 3.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 37 minutes
% Working from Home 8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 17.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,856
Median House Value $782,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.3%
US/American 0.6%
English 10.6%
Irish 21.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Chatham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NW of Union, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles W of Newark, New Jersey
County Morris
Standard Zip Codes 07928
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.74
Longitude -74.384

Chatham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CANOE BROOK
Distance 1.9 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 66 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
Station ESSEX FELLS SERV BLDG
Distance 8.3 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51.9 inches
Station BOONTON 1 SE
Distance 11 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 50.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berkeley Heights 13,379 $158,846
Florham Park 11,820 $140,326
Madison 16,043 $143,162
Millburn 20,200 $210,610
New Providence 12,314 $163,344

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Serves 844 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

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