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Chatham, NJ
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Chatham profile


Living in Chatham



Chatham is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 9,226 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Chatham is the 211th 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.

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.

Of important note, Chatham is also a borough of artists. Chatham has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Chatham’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Chatham telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 17.70% 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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

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 borough’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.

One downside of living in Chatham, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.72 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 79.05% 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 2018 was $87,263, which is wealthy relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $349,052 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 Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.

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