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Time Zone: Chatham County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Pittsboro is the Seat for Chatham County.

Chatham County was founded in 1771 and was created by taking area from OrangeCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Chatham had a population of 64,772 people. This is an increase of 31.31% since the last Census (which gave a population of 49,329 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Chatham represented 0.61% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 47th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201063,505+28.74%-1.96% since 2009
200964,772+31.31%+2.21% since 2008
200863,373+28.47%+3.23% since 2007
200761,391+24.45% 
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200049,329The Last Census

More information can be found on the Chatham County Census Page for Chatham County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Chatham County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Chatham County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Cary   136,63794,53644.53% increase  
Siler City   8,7476,96625.57% increase  
Pittsboro   2,7752,22624.66% increase  
Goldston   38631921% increase  

Websites for Chatham County

Official Website:   www.co.chatham.nc.us/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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