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What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Chatham offers a number of clubs and organizations. There are swimming, tennis and golf clubs: Fish & Game, Noe Pond, Chatham Racquet (& Health) Club, Fairmont Golf Club and many more. Several active churches: St. Paul's Episcopal, United Methodist, St. Patrick's and others. If you want to get involved and meet others, there are many opportunities!
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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.
Chatham is not very diverse. However, people are highly educated and open to people of other races, religions and cultures. It's an upper-middle class, suburb where people work hard to enjoy their family and social lives.
What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?
Chathamites (bad nickname, I know) either commute to New York or work for one of the many local companies: Novartis, Pharmacia, ATT, Lucent, Ernst & Young...the list goes on and on! The Midtown Direct train offers quick access to midtown Manhattan (about 45 minutes).
In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?
Family is definitely top priority. However, careers are also very important. People enjoy socializing and sports (playing & watching).
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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
It's a great place to live and raise children. The local schools are excellent (small class sizes, good extra-curriculars, active parent involvement). If you're relocating from outside of the NYC area, brace yourself for high prices on even the smallest homes that Chatham has to offer. Chatham has a small town atmosphere where many residents are actively involved and have a strong network of friends.
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