Mid-Cambridge is a neighborhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a population of 16,238. Mid-Cambridge is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Mid-Cambridge offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Mid-Cambridge there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Mid-Cambridge and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Mid-Cambridge are highly rated.
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I have lived in Harvard Square for the past 4 years and absolutely love it. We are close to downtown, yet far enough away to feel like i still live in a residential area. The culture in Harvard Square is awesome, it is diverse, safe, and surrounded by academically minded individuals. There is always much to do, from festivals, museums, and different ethnic food to eat.
I currently go to school full-time, so my experience with the job market in Cambridge is limited. From what I have seen and heard however, Cambridge is an decent place to work in. All places pay at least minimum wage and most of the people I have interacted with seemed to be happy with their current job situation. Kendall square is currently on the rise with many Biotech companies such as Genzyme and Novartis moving as well as the Harvard research labs, making Cambridge a great place for life scientists and other researchers. Harvard and MIT provide a large bulk of the area's job, with nearly 20,000 people combined working at just the two institutions. Biotech companies also provide many jobs for Cambridge residents with at least 5,000 people employed at biotech firms and this number is expected to rise as more business move into the MIT area.
As a student under the drinking age, I am unable to provide a review of the bars in this area. However I can attest to the excellent variety of restaurants that adorn Cambridge. From Sunday brunch at the Cafe Pamplona to pizza at Cambridge 1, foodies and students alike can rejoice at the array of possible food choices one can get in Harvard square. There are enough low key places like Felipes or tasty burger if one just wants to stop by for a quick bite or if a real sit-down meal is what you're looking for, Alden and Harlow is an excellent choice with large variety of small entrees to choose from such as seared swordfish belly or pancakes with popcorn (which tastes better than it sounds). As for nightlife, I have seen a multitude of bars and other such night clubs in the square that are commonly frequented by students on the weekends. Cambridge is not without it's share of places to go to after midnight. Some places will still be open such as the local CVS and if you're a student with a sudden sugar crave, Insomnia Cookies does cookie deliveries until early morning.