Chatham, IL
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Chatham is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 12,351 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Chatham is the 202nd largest community in Illinois.

Chatham is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 88.70% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Chatham is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chatham who work in office and administrative support (16.14%), management occupations (11.54%), and sales jobs (9.38%).

Also of interest is that Chatham has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Chatham is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Chatham’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

The education level of Chatham ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Chatham, 44.15% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Chatham in 2010 was $32,234, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $128,936 for a family of four. However, Chatham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Chatham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chatham residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Chatham include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Chatham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.