Chatham is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 8,993 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Chatham is the 221st largest community in New Jersey.
Chatham home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Chatham real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Chatham is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 94.86% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Chatham is a borough of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chatham who work in management occupations (21.78%), sales jobs (12.43%), and business and financial occupations (12.20%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Chatham telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.59% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
In addition, Chatham is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
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.
One downside of living in Chatham, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.71 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Despite being a small borough, Chatham has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Chatham, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Chatham is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 72.12% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Chatham in 2010 was $68,357, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $273,428 for a family of four.
Chatham is a somewhat ethnically-diverse borough. 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 Italian, German, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Chatham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.