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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Chatham is a suburb of New York City with a population of 9,003. Chatham is in Morris County and is one of the best places to live in New Jersey. Living in Chatham offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Chatham there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Chatham and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Chatham are highly rated.
About Chatham...
Population
9,003

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$730,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,690
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    20%
  • Own
    80%
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Chatham Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    11.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    11.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    55.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    410.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    44.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    17%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    19%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    34%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    41%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    11%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Chatham

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$163,026
National
$55,322

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Chatham Reviews

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I'd give Chatham one star, but to be fair, this is a safe and clean place to raise a family. That said, be prepared for cookie cutter residents who are all about money. Parents are competitive (houses, vacations, cars, clothing, children's sports), and that's passed down to the children. Schools are great if your child doesn't have special needs; if you need special education services, look elsewhere (the poor special ed services are one of Chatham's dirty little secrets). Downtown is cute enough, but there's not much to do and everything closes down by 9 p.m., even on Saturday night. Proximity to NYC (direct trains to Penn Station) and Newark airport make it a convenient place to live, but it feels like most of the fun things to do are a good hour's drive away: hiking in the mountains, the beach, New York City, Delaware River/Delaware Water Gap, etc. Very family-centric.
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Upside - Very safe town with excellent schools. Great place to live if you can steer clear of crazy parents with skewed priorities!
Downside- parents care more about working, socializing and “keeping up with the Joneses” than spending time with their children. Lots of closet drinking and drugs.
I love Chatham! I've lived here almost my whole life and it's such a great town to grow up in. It's safe, has amazing schools, a cute downtown, and it close to NYC. What more could you want? The taxes are pretty high, but that's for our schools. I wouldn't live in Chatham just to live here, but I think it's a great town to raise your kids.