Overview

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 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,535
Male Share of the Population47.5%
Female Share of the Population52.5%
Senior Citizens11.6%
Employed Population 16+6,738
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married58.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher48.7%
Median Earnings25+$50,167
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,922

Wealth

Median Family Income$96,618
% Above Poverty Level95.3%
% Below Poverty Level4.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone20.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,075
Median House Value$187,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17%
Irish16.5%
English12.6%
Italian5.8%
French Except Basque3%
Polish1.6%
Dutch1.4%
Swedish1.4%
Scottish1.3%
Welsh1.2%
Danishn0.9%
Norwegian0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Czech0.5%
Portuguese0.4%
Russian0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Croatian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
German0.2%
Canadian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Iranian0.1%
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Chatham Almanac

CategoryValue
CountySangamon County
Standard Zip Codes62629
Phone Area Codes217
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude39.67
Approximate Longitude-89.69

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)

StationSPRINGFIELD CAPITAL AP
Distance12.1 miles
Jan Temp17 to 33 F
Apr Temp42 to 63 F
Jul Temp66 to 87 F
Oct Temp44 to 67 F
Annual Precip35.5 inches
StationMORRISONVILLE
Distance22 miles
Jan Temp16 to 32 F
Apr Temp41 to 63 F
Jul Temp65 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 67 F
Annual Precip35 inches
StationMASON CITY 1 W
Distance36.2 miles
Jan Temp16 to 33 F
Apr Temp41 to 65 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp44 to 67 F
Annual Precip35.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Jerome1,883$73,831
Leland Grove1,457$124,773
Loami1,037$56,875
Pawnee2,631$67,650

Chatham Public Libraries

Chatham Area Public Library District
600 EAST SPRUCE STREET
Chatham, Illinois
(217) 483-2713

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Chatham Public Schools

Ball Elementary School
1015 New City Rd
ZIP: 62629
(217) 483-2414
Primary
Total Enrollment 616
Chatham Elem School
525 S College St
ZIP: 62629
(217) 483-2411
Primary
Total Enrollment 595
Glenwood Elementary School
1401 E Plummer Blvd
ZIP: 62629
(217) 483-6704
Primary
Total Enrollment 627
Glenwood High School
1501 E Plummer Blvd
ZIP: 62629
(217) 483-2424
High
Total Enrollment 1384
Glenwood Intermediate Sch
465 Chatham Rd
ZIP: 62629
(217) 483-1183
Middle
Total Enrollment 699
Glenwood Middle School
595 Chatham Rd
ZIP: 62629
(217) 483-2481
Middle
Total Enrollment 701
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