Chatham County, North Carolina

county in North Carolina, United States

Chatham County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. In 2000, 49,329 people lived there. Now the population is more than 60,000. Its county seat is Pittsboro.

Chatham County
Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro
Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro
Map of North Carolina highlighting Chatham County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 35°42′N 79°16′W / 35.7°N 79.26°W / 35.7; -79.26
Country United States
State North Carolina
Named forWilliam Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham
Largest townSiler City
 • Total710 sq mi (1,800 km2)
 • Land682 sq mi (1,770 km2)
 • Water28 sq mi (70 km2)  3.9%
 • Total63,505
 • Density93/sq mi (36/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district6th

History change

The county was made in 1771 from Orange County.

In 1907 parts of Chatham County and Moore County were combined to form Lee County.

Government change

Chatham County is part of the regional Triangle J Council of Governments.

Schools change

Chatham County has its own public school system for grades kindergarten to 12. Central Carolina Community College also has two campuses in the county.

Coal Mines change

Chatham County has the only coal mines in North Carolina. Coal mining used to be very important to the county, but in the 1920s a bad accident in one of the mines killed many workers. By the 1940s all the mines had closed. Some people have tried to open the mines back up, but the mines are too dangerous. Right now none of the mines are open.

New Houses change

Many builders are building new houses in Chatham County right now. Some people in the county do not like this because they do not want Chatham County to have a lot of people. A lot of people want to live in Chatham County because they do not have to pay as much tax as people in other North Carolina counties do. But other people think it is good that a lot of people want to live in the county because then the county will make more money from taxes.

Connected Counties change

Cities and Towns change

These cities and towns are in Chatham County:

Roads change

These are the most important roads in Chatham County:

Other websites change