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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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  12. Commute
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Chatham is a suburb of Springfield with a population of 12,535. Chatham is in Sangamon County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Chatham offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Chatham and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Chatham are highly rated.
About Chatham...
Population
12,535

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$187,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,075
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban Rural Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    22%
  • Own
    78%
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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
    70.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    47
    40.7
  • Robbery
    23.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    62.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    556
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    23.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1%
    13%

Working in Chatham

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$84,749
National
$55,322
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Chatham Reviews

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Chatham is a very pleasant and family oriented town. We have a few small shops and places to eat, all in one location, so it’s easy to move from task to task. We have Glenwood High School, which has about 1,400 students. Our town has amazing school spirit! Everywhere in Chatham you can see signs, posters, and pictures spreading school spirit. Our town is filled with diversity! Constantly expanding neighborhoods, new parks, and lots of tailgates and public events bring lots of people into Chatham.
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Chatham is a small town in Illinois near Springfield and, although considered a fairly small town, offers a wide variety of options in one's lifestyle. The public schools are top-notch and are competitive in both sports and academics go the looming Chicago area schools. There may not be much to do in terms of nightlife, but sitting close to Springfield, there are many interesting historical landmarks as well as neat places to eat. Despite a small problem with the water every now and then, Chatham is a great place to start and raise a family!
I returned to Chatham after I married to raise my family here. It is perfect - day trips to Chicago or St Louis are enjoyable, while COL and amenities are balanced. Schools here are great, the community is diverse and welcoming, and I feel safe leaving my doors unlocked!