About Chatham, NJ


Chatham is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey, with a population just over 10,000 people.

“The Chathams” is used to reference the shared services for Chatham Borough and Chatham Township, two neighboring municipalities in Morris County.

A lot of families choose to live in Chatham due to the borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community.


Chatham has a population of 10,452 as of 2017. Within approximately 3,600 households in the town, an estimated 28.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them and a little over half have females living in the household.

Eighty-five percent of of Chatham residents are white, with the second largest racial makeup is Asian at around 10%. However, Chatham is an extremely ethnically-diverse village with people of Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish backgrounds. Around 12% of residents in Chatham speak another language other than English, including Spanish and Chinese.

The citizens of Chatham are among the most well-educated in the nation. Over 76% of Chatham residents have at least a Bachelor’s degree, compared to 30.9% of United States residents. The median household income is $176,364 - well over double the national average income of around $60,000.

Close to 70% of Chatham residents are employed, mostly with white-collar jobs in management, sales, and administrative support. Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce with 7.27% of people work from home. It is important to note that Chatham is also a village of artists. Mamaroneck has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities across the nation- adding to the town’s character.

Commuting from Chatham, NJ to NYC

The average commute of Chatham residents is 37.9 minutes. Chatham residents who commute to New York City can travel via New Jersey Transit by two different train lines: The Morristown Line and The Gladstone Branch Line. The Morristown Line is better known as the "Midtown Direct," which provides service to Penn Station 34th Street without any transfers and in a commute time of about 38 minutes.The Gladstone Branch line provides service to Hoboken with two direct trains into Penn Station 34th Street. In Hoboken, one can connect to either the PATH or Light Rail along with Ferry access via the Waterway.

By car, the average drive to Manhattan - depending on exact destination and traffic conditions - takes 37 minutes. Chatham residents have access to major commuter routes, such as Route 287, Interstate 78, Garden State Turnpike, and NJ Turnpike.


According to TripAdvisor, most of the restaurants in Chatham - close to 100 - are American or serve predominantly American cuisine, such as Slamwich Scratch Kitchen, River Grille and Restaurant Serenade. Chatham also offers 77 Italian restaurants and 45 pizzerias, including Scalini Fedeli and Arminio's Italian Corner, and close to 85 Asian fusion restaurants (Thai, sushi, Japanese, Chinese), including Thai Passion and A Taste of Asia.

Standout Restaurants

Real Estate

Chatham house prices are among the most expensive in New Jersey and across the country. The median cost of the 2,870 apartments and homes in Chatham is approximately $960,000.

According to Neighborhood Scout, three and four bedroom dwellings, primarily in single-family detached homes, account for approximately 80% of housing in Chatham. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Chatham include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings (10.42%), large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 8.47%), and a few row houses and other attached homes (1.69%).

Close to half of Chatham housing was built at the end of World War II, between 1940 and 1960. Other housing ages in Chatham include homes built before 1939 (35.77%) and housing constructed between 1970-1999 (14.04%).

  • Average Days on Market: 136

  • Average Price Per Square Feet: $358

  • Percentage of Asking Price: 90%

  • Average Sales Price: $1M

  • Median Sales Price: $911K

  • Median Home Value: $877,400

  • Median Rent Per Month: $2,906 / per month


Chatham Borough and Chatham Township have shared a regional school district, the School District of Chathams, since 1986. Elementary schools in the public school district include Milton Avenue School (Kindergarten - Grade 3), Southern Boulevard School (Kindergarten - Grade 3), Washington Avenue School (Kindergarten - Grade 3), Lafayette School (Grades 4 & 5). The district has one middle school, Chatham Middle School, and one high school, Chatham High School.

Private schools in Chatham include St. Patrick School, a Roman Catholic school that serves youth in PreKindergarten - Grade 8, Chatham Day School, an independent school that serves youth in PreKindergarten - Grade 8, and The Montessori Children's Academy of Chatham (PreKindergarten and Kindergarten).

Kids Activities

Library of the Chathams offers a wide variety of programming for kids and teens, including storytimes, music and dance, crafts, and much more. Noe Pond Club, a family-oriented year-round recreational club, also provides swimming, racquet sports, children's programs, and opportunities for social interaction.

For youth interested in athletic programs, Chatham Recreation provides programming for baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, flag football, football, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, softball, track, wrestling and volleyball. The department also offers special needs programs and summer camps. The Chatham Borough also administers tennis courts, municipal pool, playgrounds and parks.

Active youth can get moving at indoor rock climbing gym The Gravity Vault, which offers camps, classes and birthday parties for climbers of all skills, or laser tag arena Kidoolo Play Club nearby in Springfield Township. Musically-inclined youth can participate in classes at Music Together of Summit and Chatham, School of Rock - Chatham, or Gymboree Play & Music (Chatham Location). Youth interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) can learn through play at nearby Genius Gems in Millburn.

Things to Do

Shopping and Groceries

The two closest shopping malls to Chatham are The Mall at Short Hills, located only a 5-minute drive away, and Livingston Mall, located a 10-12 minute drive away. Chantham’s Main Street and nearby Madison also offer a wide array of old-fashion mom and pop shops.

Need to go grocery shopping? Several major supermarket chains offer locations in or near Chatham, including Stop & Shop, Whole Foods Market and ShopRite. Local options include Cottage Deli Grocery & Liquor, Kings Food Markets and Chatham Borough Farmers Market.

Articles about living in Chatham, NJ

Moving to Chatham NJ: 10 things you need to know (2018) Harrington Moving and Storage company provides a list of 10 things that families who are moving or considering moving to Chatham should know.

In Chatham, N.J., a Strollable Downtown and Good Schools (2015) New York Times “Living In” section describes how the quality of Chatham’s school district brings a majority of families to the area. The article describes the real estate in the town.

Chatham Known As One Of The “Best Places To Live” In The US (2012) Realtor Sue Adler explores neighboring communities Chatham Borough and Chatham Township, New Jersey.

Chatham, New Jersey: The Cream of the Crop (2005) Condo and HOA resource The Cooperator New Jersey details why Chatham is a popular New Jersey suburb.

Videos about Chatham, NJ

YouTuber Charrua NYC, who has over 13,000 subscribers, films a drive through Chatham, New Jersey.

Chatham High School features a promo video of their school, featuring interviews with some of the students.

YouTube channel Skateparks, which covers skateparks across the country, features a visual tour of Chatham Skate Park.

Adrienne Francis of Keller Williams Towne Square Realty provides a video overview of Chatham.

Ben Garrison, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, hosts a neighborhood tour of sister cities Maplewood and South Orange, NJ.

YouTube channel YouHereProductions, which has a little over 300 subscribers, features a feature on Chatham, NJ.

YouTube channel Around the World, which has over 100,000 subscribers, ranks Chatham #9 in its “10 Best Places to Live in New Jersey” list. (Starts at 6:35)

Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby's International Realty provides a brief visual overview of Chatham, NJ.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey features a video segment on Chatham in their exclusive “Our Town” feature.

YouTuber Joshua Adams provides an historical tour of Chatham, NJ.

New Jersey real estate company Lois Schneider Realtor provides a tour of Chatham Borough and Chatham township.

Realtor Sue Adler provides a video tour of Chatham, NJ.