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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A+
Cambridge is a city in Massachusetts with a population of 115,665. Cambridge is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Cambridge offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Cambridge there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Cambridge and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Cambridge are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$719,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,071
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    64%
  • Own
    36%
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Cambridge Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    182.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    23.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    88.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    222
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,483.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    94.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    20%
  • 25-34 years
    28%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    8%
  • 55-64 years
    8%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    49%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    9%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Cambridge

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$95,404
National
$55,322
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Cambridge Reviews

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Everything about Cambridge is great! It's a very pretty city with remarkable history. It has one of the best colleges in the world; Harvard, which helped the city to be highly educated, even if they weren't Harvard students. There’s a significant number of highly intellectual people all around. Also, the city is rich in museums & galleries that encompasses a significant number historical artifacts & valuable knowledge. I also love how clean and environment friendly the city is. Plastic bags are prohibited & paper ones are charged to minimize waste. Recycling is really emphasized. Restaurants & cafes are endless! There are many highly reviewed places that are worth traveling to. Shopping is great at Cambridge! There are unlimited shopping options and there are many vintage and hand-made gift stores all around. People are nice and super friendly. The MBTA works well in Cambridge and connect it to the greater city of Boston, which makes commuting much easier.
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As a child, my vision of Cambridge followed the advertised narrative of the city: a diverse, inclusive, and liberal environment. In high school, I listened to the discrimination students of color face that liberal labels mask. This city serves as a microcosm for the nation: the place brings together various identities that may represent diversity statistically, but fails to support, coexist, and prosper from this diversity. In the future, I hope cultural and institutional acceptance of the population improves. Physically, there are many secluded spots in the city, including a public rooftop garden in Kendall Square. Art installations and performances amplify powerful voices of residents and visitors. Cambridge is easy to navigate by foot, bike, or with public transportation. It is easy to use the Commuter Rail to explore the state and bordering states. Gentrification is rapidly transforming the city, making me question what it will look like and who it will be for in future years.
I like the small town feel of Cambridge right next to a big city feel of Boston! I wish that there were more lighting though in some areas-it can get quite dark, which can make it feel less safe at night, especially when considering the cobblestones.