Cambridge

Welcome to Cambridge

Old-Fashioned Charm With a Rich Cultural History

 

Cambridge might best be known for its prestigious college communities surrounding MIT and Harvard but it is so much more. It embodies the very essence of New England sophistication, preserved historical importance, and cultural excellence. Neighborhoods still emanate a sense of stately wealth and intellectual sensibilities fringed by colonial-built mansions and expansive grounds.  


Located just across the Charles River from Boston, Cambridge is one of the oldest towns in Massachusetts. It was known as Newtown when it was first settled in 1630 but was renamed Cambridge in 1638. Much of the original character of the community remains. The town is a seamless blend of architectural wonders like Memorial Hall and the innovative and creative entrepreneurship evident in its one-of-a-kind squares. Cambridge, in fact, is affectionately called the "city of squares" for its charming corner neighborhoods rich in cultural sites, fine dining eateries, and eclectic shops.


Cambridge takes the elevated lifestyle to a whole new level. As an academic town, Cambridge offers brickwork sidewalks, shaded tree-lined streets, and spacious homes in an impressive variety of styles. From Georgian-inspired homes built in the 1700s to classic Greek Revival-style homes, Cambridge is the epitome of preservation and celebration of days gone by. It offers the best in modern living with a knowing nod to a luxurious past.

 

What to Love

 
  • Cambridge offers a wealth of world-class museums to explore.
  • The university town is a mecca for vibrant performing arts and alternative public art projects.
  • Harvard Square is bustling with exclusive shops, outdoor cafes, and boutiques.
  • There is an abundance of parks and leafy green spaces. Cambridge is walkable and bike-friendly with easy access to Boston.
 

Local Lifestyle

Cambridge is known as the world's intellectual capital because of its high educational standards. For those who live there, it is a pleasant combination of old-world charm and contemporary, forward-thinking revitalization. Cambridge offers the unmatched elegance of a genteel time while providing the community with a variety of entertainment, outdoor, and health & fitness options. Ranked as the second-best city to live in the U.S. by Niche this year, Cambridge scored well in being "good for families" and excellence in public schools.


Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Cambridge's storied "squares" are buzzing with upscale restaurants, independent boutiques, and vibrant nightlife. Stop by Oleana for the ultimate in Turkish and Middle Eastern Cuisine or Pammy's for Italian fare with a twist. Harvard Square's Harvest restaurant has served as a training venue for some of America's most celebrated chefs. Its elegant fireside ambiance is hard to beat. Alden & Harlow offers a culinary adventure in a comfortable, subterranean space designed to impress.


If you have a day of exclusive shopping on your mind, make your way over to Nomad for a one-of-a-kind, high-end shopping experience. The friendly shop is an interesting mix of handcrafted folk art, fair-trade clothing and jewelry, and inspirational home decor. Give the gift of artisan chocolate from Cambridge's EHChocolatier. It is a community melt-in-your-mouth luxury not to miss. 


Entertainment options are numerous in Cambridge and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Head over to Brick & Mortar for a cocktail where you will find mixology as a form of art located in a speakeasy-style atmosphere. The American Repertory Theater and the Sanders Theatre at Harvard University offer the community the chance to experience inventive theatrical performances. ImprovBoston is an award-winning Cambridge destination featuring side-splitting comedy and laughter.


Things to Do
Staying active and engaged in Cambridge is easy whether you want to explore cultural and historic sites or prefer a day of outdoor recreation. The Harvard Museum of Natural History is an exotic treasure trove of stunning, globally-admired exhibitions and incomparable collections. Art lovers can enjoy a wide array of European and American art spanning from the Middle Ages to the present day at the fabulous  Harvard Art Museums.


Outdoor enthusiasts can spend an afternoon peacefully paddling on the Charles River. Charles River Canoe & Kayak in Cambridge offers the community the opportunity to get out on the water and see the sights from a different perspective. Bicyclists and walkers can also choose from a number of trails and paths along the river. Keep an eye out for wildlife and birds, especially on the trails around Cambridge's Fresh Pond Reservation. Be sure to check out some of the area gardens while you are out and about.

 

Schools

Cambridge is home to a number of high-rated schools offering excellence in education. Besides its renowned and prestigious higher education institutions, the following schools enjoy a stellar reputation;

 

  • Peabody Elementary School (70 Rindge Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140, (617) 349-6530)
  • Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138, (617) 349-6630)
  • Buckingham Browne & Nichols Upper School (80 Gerrys Landing Rd, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 547-6100)
  • Fayerweather Street School (765 Concord Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 876-4746)

Overview for Cambridge, MA

116,892 people live in Cambridge, where the median age is 30.5 and the average individual income is $65,494. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

116,892

Total Population

30.5 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$65,494

Average individual Income

Schools in Cambridge, MA

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The following schools are within or nearby Cambridge. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
The Cambridge Matignon School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
International School Of Boston
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Rindge Avenue Upper School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Fayerweather Street School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Vassal Lane Upper School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Cambridge Friends School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
International School Of Boston
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Putnam Avenue Upper School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
Malik Academy/ Al Bustan Preschool
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Fletcher/Maynard Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
4/5
Community Charter School of Cambridge
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Cambridge Rindge and Latin
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
Martin Luther King Junior
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Cambridge Street Upper School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
St Pauls Choir School
PRIVATE
4th - 8th
No rating available
Prospect Hill Academy Charter School
PUBLIC
K - 12th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
James F Farr Academy
PRIVATE
8th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 1st
No rating available

Demographics and Employment Data for Cambridge, MA

Cambridge has 47,777 households, with an average household size of 2.09. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Cambridge do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 116,892 people call Cambridge home. The population density is 18,274.45 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

116,892

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

30.5

Median Age

49.97 / 50.03%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
47,777

Total Households

2.09

Average Household Size

$65,494

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

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White Collar:

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes
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