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Chatham is located in north-central New Jersey and is a part of Morris County. It is a region characterized by rolling hills, and abundant lakes and rivers. These lakes and rivers are not only scenic, but also have helped promote urban and industrial growth. Centrally located, Chatham is 25 miles west of New York City and can be accessed by using Exit 7 off Route 24 eastbound, or Exit 7A westbound. Neighboring communities include Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Long Hill, Harding, Madison, Florham Park, Green Village, Livingston, Short Hills, and Morristown.

At the end of the 19th Century, people were attracted to Chatham's fresh air and climate, a wholesome environment where people can experience all four seasons. Typical winter temperatures rarely drop below freezing and normal high summer temperatures will register in the mid-high 80's. Transportation in and around Chatham is superior, whether traveling long or short distances.

New Jersey's exceptional highways and railroads serve Chatham well, and its location and transportation system make Chatham an important link to various areas of the country. It is a vital link between New York City and the western and southern states. The New Jersey Transit Morris & Essex Rail Lines provide swift commuter trains that take Chatham passengers to destinations including Morristown, Summit, Hoboken, Newark, and Manhattan. Passengers can reach popular New York destinations including New York Penn Station and lower Manhattan, by using the Midtown Direct New Jersey Transit Train, the PATH train, bus or ferry. Chatham Township offers its own commuter shuttle bus service to Township residents as parking is limited at the train station. Newark International Airport, one of the country's busiest airports, is only a short drive away. Chatham also has easy access to New Jersey's numerous ports.

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