Cambridge, MA

Population: 108,757 livability score shield

Key findings

  • Cambridge has a Livability Score of 80/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Cambridge crime rates are 56% higher than the Massachusetts average
  • Cost of living in Cambridge is 33% higher than the Massachusetts average
  • Cambridge real estate prices are 85% higher than the Massachusetts average
  • Rental prices in Cambridge are 55% higher than the Massachusetts average

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      Cambridge, MA

      Cambridge, part of the Boston metro area, is one of the most populous cities in Massachusetts. Due in part to its quirky charm, over 100,000 people call it home. Home and rental prices, plus the cost of living, are higher than the national average; however, if you move here, you will find it to be worthwhile due to the well-educated population, numerous chances to learn and eclectic vibe.

      The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), also known as “The T,” offers direct and commuter bus and subway lines through Cambridge. The expansive system also runs through Boston and the surrounding suburbs. The Charlie Card, available for a small fee, makes it easy to tap and go around Cambridge, Boston or farther afield. In fact, many residents do not own cars, instead preferring to take public transit whenever they feel the need.

      Weather in Cambridge is pretty typical for New England. Summers are mild and a bit humid, thanks to being in an urban setting, falls are crisp and breezy, springs are rainy and muddy and winters bring plenty of snow, wind and ice. Be prepared for four-season weather here. Bring a mix of layers, shorts and a heavy jacket and boots that can easily be dressed up or down.

      Cambridge is where Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University are. MIT offers plenty of sculptures to see, a museum to visit and research opportunities in which to partake. Harvard offers up a famed yard, Harvard Square, museums of art and natural history, a gorgeous library and a campus steeped in Ivy League tradition. Cambridge itself has entertainment, ranging from the American Repertory Theater to Davis Square, a center for gathering and eating. Sip on coffee while you visit the weekly farmers’ market, or swing by Johnny D’s for some live Jazz.

      If you ever need a change of pace from Cambridge, hop on The T to Boston, a big city with a small town feel. Shop and eat at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, see penguins at the aquarium, browse the boutiques on Newbury Street, see a show at the Opera House, eat dim sum in Chinatown or catch a game at the TD Garden. The science museum and children’s museum offer up plenty of fun for the family, while the clubs in the South End offer up drinks and rooftop views for a night out. The options are endless.

      Living in the city of Cambridge makes it a breeze to experience the hustle and bustle of Boston with low commute times and a smaller city vibe to go home to. Pretty great! The Commonwealth State is waiting for you, and, if you can afford it, is ready to become your home.

      Top Rated Schools in Cambridge

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      John M TobinPK - 529377%
      PeabodyPK - 532377%
      Martin Luther King Jr.PK - 532872%
      Amigos SchoolPK - 839771%
      Community Charter School Of Cambridge6 - 1236570%
      Benjamin Banneker Charter Public SchoolPK - 635470%
      Maria L. BaldwinPK - 536467%
      CambridgeportPK - 534265%
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      I signed up for a 1 year membership right after my first class because I was hooked! It's a killer workout, SUCH a great stress reliever and so much fun! My abs are sore before the end of the class and I leave drenched in sweat, feeling so good about myself. The staff is great, the place is very clean and the members are all so supportive of each other!
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      Celebrating Books and Museums in Cambridge, MA
      The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts is a worthwhile stop on any New England tour. Home to Harvard University and MIT, ethnic restaurants, numerous attractions, the sparkling Charles River, and reportedly the largest number of bookstores in any city in the world, Cambridge is easy to reach and small enough in scale to enjoy in a day.

      If you are taking the T (the subway) in from Boston, get off at Harvard Square (on the Red Line). Take a leisurely walk through the Harvard University campus, admire the ivy, and browse through the many bookstores offering rare books, foreign volumes, academic texts, and more. Visit the Peabody Museum for a look at archaeology, or the Harvard Art Museum. Stop in at one of the many coffee shops and people-watch. Summers can be steamy, but a stroll along the Charles River is always enchanting, with a view of sailboats and the university rowing teams. In the winter, the snowscapes are magical, but the wind can be biting. Restaurants range from Ethiopian and sushi to pub fare.

      While in Cambridge, visit Memorial Drive as it offers a great view of MIT's grand buildings. Be reminded that parking in Cambridge is a nightmare. If possible, do without the car and use the T, or take a cab.
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      Source: The Cambridge, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).