TOWN OF CHATHAM
Chatham was named after a town in England that developed in the 17th-century as a naval dockyard.
The town of Chatham, Massacusetts is located on the elbow of Cape Cod, half way between Falmouth and Provincetown. Once a shipping, fishing and whaling center, Chatham developed as a resort in the 1870s.
The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Barnstable - Yarmouth metropolitan area.
This seaside community of 6,700 year-round residents offers a variety of exciting outdoor, cultural, and historical activities as well as all of the convenient services comfortable daily living.
Chatham has a beautiful, pedestrian-friendly main street. Some of the best seafood around. A storied summer baseball team and theatre, museums, restaurants and inns.
Six major saltwater beaches welcome visitors with views of Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. The most popular by far is Chatham Light Beach.
Chatham Light Beach sits below the watchful gaze of Chatham Light, an active lighthouse at the Coast Guard Station that aids in the navigation of Chatham Waters. Though typically closed to the public, Chatham Light is occasionally open to tourists during the summer months. Admission is free.
On the other end of town is Harding's Beach, in the warmer, calmer waters of Nantucket Sound. With two parking lots, three life guard stations, a bathhouse with shower and food service trucks in each lot, Harding's is Chatham's most family-friendly beach. You'll find more than enough room for a game of beach bocce (a favorite among the locals), frisbee or a world-class sand castle.
In Chatham, about 56% of adults are married. (source) If you enjoy solitude, you might enjoy living in Chatham, which is home to many people who live alone. Chatham has, of course, a mix of various types of housing. Recently 80% of the livable housing units were owner-occupied. The town sports a large amount of seasonal housing, typically for vacation or part-time use.
The town boasts a large population of senior citizens with a wealth of life experience.
Chatham is a wonderful place to live, work and play! Search for Homes in Chatham.
Town of Chatham
The latitude of Chatham is 41.681N. The longitude is -69.96W, Elevation is 7 feet.
Median household income*: Local: $45,519, National: $41,994
*Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 15. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 2.2 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
Louis D. Brandeis, Supreme Court justice;
Shirley Booth, actress
Bernard Cornwell, author
Franklin Cover, actor
Todd Eldredge, champion figure skater
Julie Harris, actress
Jack Hynes, newscaster
Joseph Crosby Lincoln, author of Cape Cod Stories
Joseph Lord, Puritan pastor
Bob Staake, cartoonist & illustrator
Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director of NORML
Harry Connick Jr., Singer and Actor
Jonas Brothers, singers/actors they have a summer house in Chatham
Performing arts: Monomoy Theatre
Nearby parks & recreation: Monomoy Wildlife Sanctuary
Historic sites and museums: Old Atwood House Museum, Old Grist Mill, Railroad Museum
Museum Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average.