When CNN and Money magazine ranked Chatham ninth on its list of The 100 Best Places to Live in the United States in 2005, they described it as more like a "small" New England town than a bustling Big Apple "burb." Indeed, Chatham's vintage architecture, strategic location 25 miles from Manhattan and abiding sense of community make it a desirable destination in southeastern Morris County.
Chatham Borough and Chatham Township share a common heritage and are sometimes jointly referred to as The Chathams. Although the two are actually separate municipalities, they do share a library, school district and post office.
Cultural opportunities in Chatham include historical, art, garden and musical groups, as well as the facilities and programs at neighboring Drew and Fairleigh Dickinson universities. A stroll down Main Street reveals many restored and converted buildings, as well as more modern facilities. While the Borough occupies approximately 2.3 miles and is described as having a village feel, the Township, which is more spread out, approximately 9.1 miles, has no equivalent of Main Street and businesses are located mostly at Hickory Tree Mall.