Livability Score

i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities A+

There are lots of amenities close to this location.
Coffee (55) A+
Entertainment (46) A+
Food and Drink (117) A+
Fitness (18) A+
Groceries (30) A+
Parks (199) A+
Shops (191) A+
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 26.3% take public transportation in Cambridge.
Public Transit Stops (286)
Stops & Stations
Workers Taking Public Transit
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cost of living F

The cost of living in Cambridge is 201/100 - which is 51% higher than Massachusetts.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
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crime D+

Cambridge crime rates are 2,646 per 100k, which is 90% higher than Massachusetts
Property Crime
2,240 crimes per 100k
Violent Crime
406 crimes per 100k
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employment A+

The median income in Cambridge is $107,490 - which is 51% higher than Massachusetts.
Med. Household Income
Unemployment Rate
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health A+

There are many hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (47)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
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housing B-

Cambridge home prices are $843,100 - which is 147% higher than Massachusetts
Home Price
Home Appreciation Rate
Home Affordability
7.8x (home price to income ratio)
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schools A+

The Cambridge graduation rate is 93% - which is 6% higher than Massachusetts
School Test Scores
High School Grad. Rates
Elementary Schools (28) A+
High Schools (8) C-
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ratings A+

Cambridge has an overall rating of 93% from 9 reviews.
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User Surveys (7)
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Cambridge Area Facts

  • Cambridge has a Livability Score of 86/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Cambridge crime rates are 90% higher than the Massachusetts average
  • Cost of living in Cambridge is 51% higher than the Massachusetts average
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Great Kickboxing Class 5 rating By MollyCarbin ( Jul 08, 2016) 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, t ...Read More he place is very clean and the members are all so supportive of each other! Read Less
Celebrating Books and Museums in Cambridge, MA 5 rating By Anonymous ( Jun 23, 2010) 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 eas ...Read More y 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. Read Less
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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.

      A+ Amenities

      Are there many local amenities in Cambridge? Yes, there are lots of amenities close to this location.


      Flagstaff Park
      Dawes Island Park
      Cambridge Common
      Harvard Yard
      Alexander W. Kemp Playground
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      Brattle Square


      Club Passim
      Harvard Square
      Sanders Theatre
      Harvard University Geological and Mineral Museum
      Brattle Theatre
      Harvard University Museums of Natural History
      American Repertory Theater
      Loeb Drama Center

      Food & Drink

      Lizzy's Homemade Ice Cream
      Milk Bar
      Cardullo's Gourmet Shoppe
      Pressed Juicery
      Longfellow Bar

      A+ Commute

      Is public transit available in Cambridge? Of all people who commute, 26.3% take public transportation in Cambridge.
      Drive to Work

      52% lower than the US average

      Take Public Transit

      21% higher than the US average

      Walk to Work

      21% higher than the US average

      A+ Health & Safety

      Is Cambridge a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are many hospitals, police and fire stations.


      Cambridge Hospital
      Spaulding Hospital Cambridge
      Mount Auburn Hospital


      CVS Pharmacy
      Inman Pharmacy
      CVS Pharmacy
      Cambridge Medical Supply
      CVS Pharmacy
      CVS Pharmacy
      Skendarian Apothecary


      Sancta Maria Nursing Facility
      MIT Medical
      Marino Center