Chatham NJ is known locally for being a town with a lot of “lifers” – people who are born in Chatham and never leave or people who eventually make their way back to town after leaving for a short period. If you spend a day in Chatham, it’s pretty easy to see why Chatham NJ residents love their town.
Here are our top 4 reasons why Chatham NJ residents love where they live:
Great public schools. If you asked a bunch of city transplants why they moved to Chatham, this is probably the most common answer you’d get. Chatham is known state-wide for its outstanding public schools. All six schools in the district are known for their quality, and the public high school has been named #1 in the state and is almost always ranked among the top 20.
A quick, easy commute to NYC. There are two train lines that run through the Chatham train station, conveniently located right downtown. Many commuters walk or ride bikes to the train station or park in one of the surrounding commuter lots. With an average ride of 45-60 minutes and one direct train that clocks just 38 minutes to New York Penn Station, it’s one of the best NYC train commutes in the area. And the easy access doesn’t stop at the tracks! Chatham is nestled right along Routes 24 and 78 in a real “Goldilocks zone” — far enough off that it’s quiet and safe but close enough that it gives Chatham dwellers a quick escape whether they want to go west and spend a day at a NJ farm or lake or east to more urban areas.
Taxes. New Jersey suburbs aren’t known for having low taxes, but compared to neighboring suburbs in Essex and Union Counties, you get more bang for your tax bucks in Chatham, located in Morris County. That’s not to say that Chatham is lacking in public funding for activities or upkeep, which brings us to our next reason…
A walkable, family-friendly downtown scene. A beautifully maintained old school downtown features a main street with wide sidewalks, plenty of restaurants, and locally-owned boutiques. The restaurants range from the locally famous Chatham Sandwich Shop to Scalini Fedeli, an upscale Italian restaurant with a sister restaurant in Tribeca.
Chatham puts real effort into keeping its downtown vibrant, hosting “Shop Local” events during the holiday seasons and “Nights Out” throughout the year. The town pool, a library with some of the best programs around, and a playground are at the center of the action, and all are walkable from many of Chatham’s residential zones.
These are just a few of the reasons why some Chatham is known for having “lifers.” Can you ever see yourself becoming one of them?