Overview

Introduction to Chatham, Massachusetts

Chatham, Massachusetts, in Barnstable county, is 41 miles SE of Plymouth, Massachusetts and 73 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Barnstable-Yarmouth metropolitan area.

Chatham History

Native Americans lived in the area now known as Chatham for at least 10,000 years before the French unsuccessfully tried to capture it in 1606. In 1656, the English purchased stretches of land in the area from the Native Americans. It was named Monomoit, but since it had no resident minister and an insufficient population to support to a church, it could not be incorporated officially. After the population grew, Hugh Adams was appointed resident minister in 1711. The town soon petitioned to be incorporated for a second time, and it was accepted provided the town change its name to Chatham, which sounded more English than Monomoit. It was incorporated on June 11, 1712.

Chatham and nearby Attractions

  • Cape Cod Discovery Museum
  • Josiah Dennis House
  • Nickerson State Park
  • Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Chatham Seaside Links
  • Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Chatham

Nearby museums include the Old Atwood House Museum, the Chatham Railroad Museum and the Cape Cod Discovery Museum. Harding Beach and Beachcomber Beach are accessible from Chatham as well. The Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is a popular local spot.

Chatham Transportation

Air transportation is available from Logan International Airport.

Chatham Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include the University of Massachusetts, Bridgewater State College, Massasoit Community College and Quincy College. In addition to these, many online colleges offer degree programs to students in Chatham and the surrounding areas.

Demographics

People

Total Population1,373
Male Share of the Population47.3%
Female Share of the Population52.7%
Senior Citizens41.2%
Employed Population 16+570
Age of the Population60

Families

% of people married55.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher55.9%
Median Earnings25+$32,857
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,382

Wealth

Median Family Income$93,750
% Above Poverty Level87.2%
% Below Poverty Level12.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.5%
% Using Public Transportation1.6%

Housing

People Living Alone39.9%
Median Gross Rent$590
Median House Value$690,300

Ancestry

English20.6%
Irish15.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.3%
Italian6.8%
Scottish6.7%
Swedish4.9%
French Except Basque4.2%
West Indian3.9%
Jamaican3.9%
Polish3.8%
Lithuanian3.3%
Dutch1.5%
Bulgarian1.2%
Russian1.1%
Ukrainian0.9%
Czech0.7%
Swiss0.7%
Danishn0.7%
Belgian0.6%
German0.6%
Greek0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
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Chatham Almanac

CategoryValue
County Barnstable County
Standard Zip Codes2633
Phone Area Codes5,08,774
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.67
Approximate Longitude-69.96

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)

StationCHATHAM MUNICIPAL AP
Distance1.1 miles
Jan Temp24 to 38 F
Apr Temp39 to 50 F
Jul Temp62 to 75 F
Oct Temp47 to 60 F
Annual Precip46.7 inches
StationPROVINCETOWN
Distance27.9 miles
Jan Temp23 to 37 F
Apr Temp37 to 52 F
Jul Temp63 to 79 F
Oct Temp45 to 60 F
Annual Precip41.9 inches
StationNANTUCKET AP
Distance30.4 miles
Jan Temp25 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 51 F
Jul Temp62 to 75 F
Oct Temp47 to 61 F
Annual Precip37.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brewster1,885$78,145
Dennis2,368$88,664
Orleans1,867$79,883

Chatham Public Libraries

Eldredge Public Library
564 MAIN ST.
Chatham, Massachusetts
(508) 945-5170

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Chatham Public Schools

Chatham Elementary School
147 Depot Road
ZIP: 2633
(508) 945-5135
Primary
Total Enrollment 277
Chatham High School
425 Crowell Road
ZIP: 2633
(508) 945-5140
Chatham Middle School
425 Crowell Road
ZIP: 2633
(508) 945-5148
Monomoy Regional Middle School
425 Crowell Road
ZIP: 2633
(508) 945-5140
Middle
Total Enrollment 432
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