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.

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.

Chatham Almanac

County Morris County
Standard Zip Codes7928
Phone Area Codes862,973
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.74
Approximate Longitude-74.38

Chatham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance1.9 miles
Jan Temp18 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp62 to 86 F
Oct Temp40 to 66 F
Annual Precip51.6 inches
Distance8.3 miles
Jan Temp19 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip51.9 inches
Distance11 miles
Jan Temp19 to 36 F
Apr Temp39 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip50.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Chatham Public Libraries

Chathams Joint Free Public Library
Chatham, New Jersey
(973) 635-0603

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Chatham Public Schools

Chatham High School
255 Lafayette Avenue
ZIP: 7928
(973) 457-2505
Total Enrollment 1190
Chatham Middle School
480 Main Street
ZIP: 7928
(973) 457-2506
Total Enrollment 991
Lafayette Avenus School
221 Lafayette Avenue
ZIP: 7928
(973) 457-2507
Total Enrollment 680
Milton Avenue School
16 Milton Avenue
ZIP: 7928
(973) 457-2508
Total Enrollment 363
Southern Boulevard School
192 Southern Boulevard
ZIP: 7928
(973) 457-2509
Total Enrollment 455
Washington Avenue School
102 Washington Avenue
ZIP: 7928
(973) 457-2510
Total Enrollment 432

Chatham Private Schools

Chatham Day School
700 Shunpike Rd
ZIP: 7928
Total Enrollment 139
Eclc Of New Jersey
21 Lum Ave
ZIP: 7928
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 212
Sprout House
200 Main St Ste A
ZIP: 7928
Total Enrollment 15
St Patrick School
45 Chatham St
ZIP: 7928
Total Enrollment 299
The Montessori Children's Academy Of Chatham
286 Main St
ZIP: 7928
Total Enrollment 31
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