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The Chatham Regional school system consistently ranks highly and the Library of the Chathams is a valuable resource to the residents.Many outdoor recreational facilities are accessible to residents, such as, the National Wildlife Preserve (The Great Swamp) and the Morristown National Historical Park.There are excellent shopping facilities available nearby in Livingston, Short Hills, Summit, Madison, Morristown and, locally, at Hickory Tree in the Township and in the center of Chatham Borough.Cultural opportunities include historical, art, garden and musical groups, as well as the facilities and programs of neighboring Drew and Fairleigh Dickinson universities.Chatham has many fine single homes, townhouses, garden apartments, and condominiums and offers suburban attractiveness as well as efficient railroad, bus, and highway commuting to New York City and surrounding metropolitan North Jersey.The downtown Chatham Borough area offers many interesting specialty shops, restaurants, banks, and other services.While traveling in the area, the Lenape forded the Passaic River at a shallow point east of Chatham at a place they called "the Crossing of the Fishawack in the Valley of the Great Watchung." "Fishawack" and "Passaic are two versions of the many ways early settlers tried to spell the name they heard the Indians call the river.
Population from the year 2000 US Census was 8,460 in the Borough and 10,086 in the Township.
Chatham Borough and Chatham Township are quiet, carefully developed, residential communities located in north-central New Jersey near Exit 7 of Route 24.