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Chatham, New Jersey


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Chatham, New Jersey

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Chatham Public Transportation Use
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Chatham People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Chatham College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Chatham Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Chatham Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
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Top 2% trophy Chatham Well-Paid Single Women
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Chatham Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Chatham, New Jersey

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

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


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Female Share of the Population 6 8
Age of the Population 6 4
Racial Diversity 5 4
Male Share of the Population 5 3
Senior Citizens 5 5

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 9 8
Average Household Size 7 6

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 9 8
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2
Short Commute Times 1 3

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 5
People Living Alone 3 5
Housing Recently Built 1 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 2
Affordability of Rents 1 2

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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
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Chatham Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,460 100%
Male 4,037 47.7%
Female 4,423 52.3%
Under 18 2,392 28.3%
18+ 6,068 71.7%
65+ 1,098 13%
Median Age 36.9
Average Family Size 3.14
White 8,104 95.8%
African-American 12 0.1%
Asian 238 2.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 5 0.1%
Other 42 0.5%
Mixed Race 58 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 223 2.6%

Estimated Chatham Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,439
Growth -21
Growth % -0.2%

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
Irish 25.3%
Italian 17.6%
English 11%
German 10.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.6%
US/American 4.8%
Polish 2.9%
Scotch-Irish 2.1%
French (except Basque) 2.1%
Scottish 2.1%
British 2%
Swedish 1.1%
Greek 1.1%
European 0.7%
Dutch 0.7%
Norwegian 0.6%
Canadian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Eastern European 0.5%
Lebanese 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
French Canadian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Albanian 0.4%
Brazilian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
Russian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Carpatho Rusyn 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Chatham 8,460 $119,635
Berkeley Heights 13,407 $118,862
Florham Park 8,857 $102,047
Madison 16,530 $101,798
Millburn 19,765 $158,888
New Providence 11,907 $105,013
Summit 21,131 $117,053
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Serves 844 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

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