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An Expat Talks about Living in Chatham, New Jersey

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Chatham

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

We moved in from New York City and have never had an issue with assimilating to new environments. We didn't join any organizations -- had a small network of colleagues who lived in the area.

However, there are some individuals who joined the Newcomers Club -- I think it is a good way to gather information (pre-school, services, etc.) but am not a fan, in general, of these types of things.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Homogenous town. Definitely not a town to move for if you're seeking diversity in people or diversity in thinking.

Extremely cliquey -- it is commonly known that the women (and men) in the town (not all) breed bullying children and do nothing about it. The moms of the town gossip and compete with each other as if they're trying to make up for a lack of self-esteem they've established in high school.

People ACT as if they're accepting. They're not sophisticated or cultured enough to suspend judgement of people who are not white.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Most individuals commute to New York City or work within the NJ pharmaceutical industries.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Children and their homes. There is a constant flow of contractors, architects and homeowners either knocking down homes or making additions.

Very children oriented town. So much so that if you don't have children they almost treat you as if you're invisible.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Brace yourself for high school all over.

Very judgemental people and downright rude and snobby.

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