Chatham, NY
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Chatham is a very small village located in the state of New York. With a population of 1,696 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Chatham is the 609th largest community in New York. Chatham has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

Unlike some villages where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Chatham is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chatham is a village of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chatham who work in office and administrative support (13.78%), sales jobs (10.00%), and food service (8.24%).

Chatham’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

The overall education level of Chatham is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.12% of adults 25 and older in the village have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Chatham in 2010 was $29,027, which is middle income relative to New York, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $116,108 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 Italian, German, English, and French .

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