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This page contains an overview and links for Chatham government, finances, libraries, natural resources, recreation, real estate, and schools as well as miscellaneous links.

Photos courtesy of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce and JB's Photo Gallery


Town Profile: Chatham

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Located at the "elbow" of the Cape, Chatham is famous for its walking main street, a two mile stretch of boutiques, galleries, and restaurants.

Chatham has many miles of shoreline and some of the Cape's most beautiful harbors. Because it has so much shoreline on Nantucket Sound, fog can roll in on the prevailing southwesterly winds when towns to the west are sunny. Warm summer days with cool summer nights, beautiful warm Indian summers, and relatively mild winters make Chatham a comfortable place in which to live year-round or vacation.

Chatham was settled in 1656 by a handful of Pilgrims, whose surnames still dominate the town's census list. The town was incorporated in 1712. Originally a farming community, its inhabitants found deep sea fishing more lucrative, and today small boat deep sea fishing is an important source of the town's revenue. Covering an area of approximately seventeen square miles, Chatham is a combination of past and present: old fashioned and picturesque, yet affording the best in modern facilities.

The citizens of Chatham enjoy the special benefits of forward-looking zoning and current planning, and of both public and private conservation efforts. Property taxes are reasonable, but town water is expensive. Some of the town is on a public sewer system, and most of the town has town water. (Narrative in part courtesy of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.)

Chatham Government

Chatham information from state agencies:

 Official Chatham home page
 Accessing Public Documents


State Report of Chatham's Finances

Employment and Wages

Chatham Public Library Information
 Search Cape Cod Libraries
 Eldredge Public Library
Natural Resources
Tide Charts
 Cape Cod National Seashore Species List
 Cape Cod National Seashore
 Chatham Weather Report from the Weather Underground
 Cape Cod Water Web Site

Real Estate

Barnstable County Registry of Deeds
 Cape Cod Commission
 Valuation (Real Estate) certification statistics (PDF document)


Chatham School and District Profiles



Chatham Information from the Cape Cod Times

Business Links from
Chatham Chamber of Commerce
 Complete Transportation Information
 Cape Cod Chronicle (weekly newspaper covering Harwich and Chatham)
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