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 90.51% 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 (16.76%), management occupations (13.17%), and business and financial occupations (10.39%).

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.

Because of many things, Chatham is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Chatham really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Chatham perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

The citizens of Chatham are among the most well-educated in the nation: 45.25% of adults in Chatham have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Chatham in 2010 was $31,542, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $126,168 for a family of four.

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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Chatham include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

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