A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  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
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$706,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,585
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    21%
  • Own
    79%

Chatham Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    66
    525
  • Theft
    431
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    44
    263

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$142,765
National
$53,889
Children
28%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    33%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    39%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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Chatham combines the best of all possible worlds in one amazing package. It has public schools that are usually rated first in a state that takes education very seriously. Chatham is exceptionally safe and comprised of several neighborhoods where kids play together, neighbors have block parties, and there is a general feeling of friendliness that pervades.

Add to that exceptional town services, relatively low Morris county taxes, and proximity to NYC, Newark Airport, the seaside, and mountains. There is substantial industry and work opportunities all around Chatham.

Overall, there are many wealthy people here, but their wealth is more understated than some of the other towns in Essex county. It's not flashy wealth, but more classy and old world. The people here are friendly and welcoming of new transplants from other states.
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Chatham is a lovely place but has changed in our time here. Its not a diversity-friendly town and everyone knows it. Old charming homes are knocked down at an alarming rate to build $1m+ homes. People are judged here by what kind of car they drive. Chatham is a commuter town but waitlist parking at the train station is 3 years and the NYC train is over $300/month. Our taxes have more than doubled and we don't get a lot. Athletic fields are average at best and school buildings are sub-par compared to many that we've seen; over-crowded and dated. The school system is ranked highly but most families have tutors for their children, even students in AP classes have tutors to keep them there, so the school achievement survey results are skewed. Crime is very low, location is great, residents are generally friendly (albeit snobby), and there is a downtown for kids to hang out. If you are thinking of a move to Chatham, do deep research-don't go by surveys and rankings alone.
Chatham is a very nice town to live in, both in terms of appearance and safety. Crime is virtually nonexistent, the school system is excellent, and the downtown area isn't bad, though there is no night life to speak of, for that you will have to go to Morristown. The town contains a large number of newer houses, and the cost of living is quite high.