Chatham-Kent is a city in Canada located in the province of Ontario.
It has a population of over 103,000 people and an area of 2,458 square kilometres.
It is the 12th largest municipality in Canada.
The city is named after the Earl of Chatham and it has plenty of history behind it.
It is home to the Thames River, which made it a naval dockyard in the 1790’s.
The largest sectors in Chatham-Kent are agriculture, utilities, and healthcare.
The agricultural sector employs over 1,800 people in Chatham-Kent.
The health sector employs over 3,500 people and utilities over 3,300 people.
The majority of businesses in the city employ less than 4 employees.
The city has an unemployment rate of 8.1%, which has steadily decreased.
Along with the unemployment rate decrease, there is a decrease of stress in the workplace as well.
Chatham-Kent has a lower level of stress in the workplace than in the province of Ontario.
This leads to a heightened wellness for the residents in the city.
Nickname(s): "The Maple City"
Land: 2,458.09 km2
Chatham-Kent has plenty of entertainment. The city itself has a strong historical background and therefore has many historical tours. Along with
this, there is also plenty of parkland and things to do including the arts. Festivals and fairs also take place throughout the year.
Chatham-Kent was a part of the Underground Railroad and as a result has three museums to visit and learn from. Buxton National Historic Site & Museum, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Chatham-Kent Historical Society are the three places in Chatham-Kent to go back to the roots of the community and learn more about the history of the people and the city.
There are two provincial parks in the city: Rondeau Provincial Park and Wheatley Provincial Park. These parks offer plenty of space for hiking and biking, as well as space to enjoy nature at it’s finest. There is another park nearby Chatham-Kent called Point Pelee National Park.
The Classic Car Capital of Canada is what many people refer to Chatham-Kent as. The city hosts Retrofest, celebrating cars from the 1950’s and 60’s. This takes place in Downtown Chatham, where there are events all over the area celebrating these classic cars. There are also other events throughout the year for families like the Tilbury Family Funfest and the CK Youth Festival.
Chatham-Kent can be divided into two areas: Chatham-Kent North and Chatham-Kent South.
Chatham-Kent North includes the neighbourhoods of Wallaceburg, Ridgetown and Dresden. Wallaceburg has many places to get out in the outdoors with trails and facilities. The area is plentiful in farmland and has areas for angler and hunters. There are schools in the area to accommodate the youth in the community, as there are both younger and older individuals that live in the neighbourhood. There are some commercial spaces in the neighbourhood such as some manufacturing companies. There are also plenty of attractions in the area. Ridgetown thrives on the agricultural industry and has a farmer’s market. There are also places to experience the outdoors and take in the beauty of the neighbourhood. Dresden has restaurants and stores in the “downtown” area of the neighbourhood. This area also has a few events for the community. There are fairs and concerts for the residents to enjoy. The Dresden Raceway is in the neighbourhood as well.
Chatham-Kent South consists of the neighbourhoods of Tilbury, Blenheim and Wheatley. Tilbury is very much a rural neighbourhood. It does have some manufacturing companies and other businesses and stores. The neighbourhood is located near Lake Erie and Lake St-Clair. There is a golf course, parks and events that take place in the community. Blenheim is a large contributor to Chatham-Kent’s car reputation because RM Auctions is located here. The neighbourhood is close to parks, golf courses and an indoor swimming pool. There is a large agricultural background here with the farmer's markets and vegetable stands. Wheatley has an abundance of fisheries and restaurants. There are conservatories and parks in and around the neighbourhood.
In Wallaceburg, there are single-family homes. The homes tend to be older in this area. The prices are lower here and the houses are a good size. They have yards that make them
perfect for families.
Ridgetown has single-family homes, apartments and vacant land. The properties have low prices and the houses themselves are medium sized. Some of the houses are older, and they include spacious yards.
The homes in Dresden are also single-family homes. The homes vary in size with smaller bungalows and also larger family homes throughout the area. The prices are low and the properties are attractive.
Tilbury has single-family homes. The homes here have low prices, including the larger homes in the area. Most properties have large yards to compliment the homes. There is also plenty of vacant land to the south of the area.
Blenheim has single-family homes and townhouses. Depending on where you’re looking within Blenheim, the homes can be quite large whereas other areas have smaller homes. Overall, the properties here are affordable.
Wheatley has single-family homes and vacant land. The houses are affordable, and the few large houses that are in the area are affordable as well. Many of the properties have yards that are secluded by trees. The vacant land in the area gives buyers the option to build their own dream home.
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Data source: Chatham-Kent Association of REALTORS® (CKAR)/Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMCH) report for 2020/2021.
In Chatham-Kent, there are two English and one French school board. The English school boards are Lambton Kent District School Board and St.
Clair Catholic District School Board. Conseil scolaire catholique Providence is the French school board in the area. There are over 100
elementary schools here, as well as eight secondary schools. Lambton Kent District School Board offers a plethora of programs including
full-day kindergarten and international education programs. Two of the schools in Chatham-Kent made it into the top 100 of Fraser Institute’s
Elementary School Report Card.
The city has some post-secondary options. St. Clair College and the University of Guelph both have campuses here. There are also other post-secondary options available near the city. Fanshawe College and the University of Western Ontario are located close to the city.