Chatham, Illinois

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Coordinates: 39°40′22″N 89°41′54″W / 39.67278°N 89.69833°W / 39.67278; -89.69833
Motto: Where families grow.
Country United States
State Illinois
County Sangamon
Elevation 599 ft (183 m)
Coordinates 39°40′22″N 89°41′54″W / 39.67278°N 89.69833°W / 39.67278; -89.69833
Area 5.72 sq mi (15 km2)
 - land 5.72 sq mi (15 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 11,500 (2010)
Density 1,728.7 / sq mi (667 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62629
Area code 217
Location in Sangamon County and the state of Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Wikimedia Commons: Chatham, Illinois

Chatham is a village in Sangamon County, Illinois, United States. It is located 2.8 miles south of Springfield, IL and has a retail trade area that extends into four other municipalities, including Springfield. The population was 11,500 as of the 2010 census and estimated to be 11,946 as of 2012. The village lies along the original alignment of historic U.S. Route 66 (Illinois Route 4).

Chatham is part of the Springfield, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Chatham is located at 39°40′22″N 89°41′54″W / 39.67278°N 89.69833°W / 39.67278; -89.69833 (39.672899, -89.698385).[1]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 5.72 square miles (14.8 km2), all land.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2010 [2], there were 11,500 people residing in the village. The population density was 2,010.5 people per square mile. There were 3,165 housing units. Chatham has experienced a 34% increase in population over the past 10 years. The cultural makeup of the village was 93.6% White, 2.5% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.90% Asian, 0.15% Native Hawaiian and other Pacific race, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2% of the population.

There were 4,170 households out of which 39.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 16.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the village, the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.5 years. Females accounted for 51.7% of the population and men for 48.3%.

The median income for a household in the village was $76,903. The per capita income for the village was $30,893. About 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line. Chatham has experienced a 30.79% increase in job growth over the past 10 years. 78.3% of the population is in the work force. 97.1% of all residents have attained at least a high school diploma and 41.3% have their Bachelor's degree.


Chatham is part of the Ball-Chatham School District, which includes Glenwood High School, three elementary schools, an Intermediate School, and a middle school. Chatham was 1 of 5 area schools awarded the Bright Star Award for educational excellence at the elementary and high school level. The website for these schools can be found at Chatham Schools Website.

Sugar Creek Covered Bridge


Every June the Chatham American Legion Homecoming Festival takes place in the Chatham town square. Each year in July, Chatham is host to the Chatham Sweet Corn Festival and Illinois Championship Cow Chip Throw sponsored by the Chatham Jaycees.[4]

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