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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.

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 Population10,569
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens16.4%
Employed Population 16+4,615
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married63.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher75.1%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$207,708
% Above Poverty Level97.9%
% Below Poverty Level2.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time37 minutes
% Working from Home8.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation16.3%

Housing

People Living Alone25.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,889
Median House Value$819,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.7%
US/American0.6%
English9.7%
Irish20.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Chatham Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NW of Union, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City11 miles W of Newark, New Jersey
CountyMorris
Standard Zip Codes07928
Phone Area Codes973
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude40.74
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)

StationCANOE BROOK
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
StationESSEX FELLS SERV BLDG
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
StationBOONTON 1 SE
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
Berkeley Heights13,339$161,146
Florham Park11,802$141,071
Madison16,091$141,010
Millburn20,183$222,386
New Providence12,355$155,653

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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