Chatham, Michigan

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Chatham is a village in Rock River Township of Alger County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the village population was 231. The village is at 46°20′52″N 86°55′44″W / 46.34778°N 86.92889°W / 46.34778; -86.92889 on M-94 and is considered a bedroom community to Marquette, Munising, and Escanaba.

It was named after Chatham, Ontario, Canada, the town where the lumber company Sutherland Innis was headquartered



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.7 square miles (6.9 km²), of which, 2.6 square miles (6.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.75%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 231 people, 98 households, and 64 families residing in the village. The population density was 87.6 per square mile (33.8/km²). There were 116 housing units at an average density of 44.0/sq mi (17.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 94.37% White, 4.76% Native American, and 0.87% from two or more races. 58.5% were of Finnish, 12.5% German, 6.0% French and 5.5% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 92.3% spoke English and 7.7% Finnish as their first language.

There were 98 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.92.

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