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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Cambridge is a city in Massachusetts with a population of 108,757. 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
$629,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,754
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    63%
  • Own
    37%
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Cambridge Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    173
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    15
    41
  • Robbery
    90
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    226
    500
  • Theft
    1,508
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    84
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$83,122
National
$55,322
Children
10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    46%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    10%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

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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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Cambridge Massachusetts is a wonderfully vibrant and exciting city. I have lived in the text town over my whole life and I have gone to school and worked there for many years. Cambridge is the home of many colleges, which bring such a wide variety of people to the city which make it incredibly diverse. I really enjoy how many different areas there are in the city, there is something for everyone. Everywhere you turn there are amazing restaurants and shops to explore. Having worked in the school systems in Cambridge they are wonderful, which isn't much of a surprise seeing as though the city is known for their world-class education. I also love how many health-focused stores and restaurants there are as well having areas for outdoor exercise and encouraging bike riding over driving. The only downside to Cambridge is that all of these wonderful qualities make it a rather expensive place to live. However, I love this city and consider it be my home!
Cambridge is for those who wish to explore more than lines on a map. It’s for diving into history and traveling beyond "The New World." Embodying all there is to learn, explore, breathe, create, and dream big dreams. Where your children will arrive bright-eyed, their knowledge expanding well beyond the typical classroom. Harvard, MIT, BU and Lesley all within a stones' throw, Cambridge was built to develop minds and encourage creativity. Rowing, Biking, Reading and Writing, farmers markets, an endless search for healthy alternatives, and clean living, reside here. Competition, debate and success, one’s sole goal. Sugar-coating moments are rare, for we are fierce in our convictions. Politeness, decorum, an ever-changing residency, leave behind a youthful spirit. Whether a young couple on the move or a senior learning to move again, Cambridge will energize you in ways you 've never imagined.
Bring your body and mind to Cambridge... You can only GROW from here!