Chatham, MA
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Chatham is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 6,143 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Chatham is the 227th largest community in Massachusetts.

Chatham home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Chatham real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Chatham is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.84% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Chatham is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Chatham who work in management occupations (15.85%), sales jobs (14.82%), and office and administrative support (8.72%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.94% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Chatham is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Chatham has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Chatham a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Chatham is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Chatham is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.90% of adults in Chatham have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Chatham in 2010 was $49,057, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $196,228 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 Irish, German, Italian, and Scottish.

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

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