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West Chatham, Massachusetts

West Chatham is a part of the town of Chatham located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, West Chatham had a total population of 1,446.


West Chatham is located at 41°40'50" North, 69°59'15" West (41.680661, -69.987547)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, West Chatham has a total area of 8.5 km² (3.3 mi²). 7.6 km² (2.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.9 km² (0.4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 10.91% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 1,446 people, 706 households, and 429 families residing in West Chatham. The population density is 189.9/km² (491.5/mi²). There are 1,687 housing units at an average density of 221.5/km² (573.5/mi²). The racial makeup of West Chatham is 96.06% White, 1.04% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 1.52% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. 0.90% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 706 households out of which 18.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% are married couples living together, 6.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% are non-families. 33.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 15.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.03 and the average family size is 2.55.

In West Chatham the population is spread out with 14.9% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 26.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 50 years. For every 100 females there are 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in West Chatham is $42,300, and the median income for a family is $56,250. Males have a median income of $39,554 versus $37,344 for females. The per capita income for West Chatham is $26,468. 8.1% of the population and 5.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 18.8% are under the age of 18 and 0.0% are 65 or older.