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A+ Cambridge Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Cambridge Cost of Living Cost of living is 32% higher than Massachusetts
17272% more expensive than the US average
13131% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Cambridge cost of living
B Cambridge Crime Total crime is 31% higher than Massachusetts
Total crime
2,09519% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4819% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-13%Year over year crime is down
Cambridge crime
B+ Cambridge Employment Household income is 17% higher than Massachusetts
Median household income
$83,12250% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$50,19568% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%20% lower than the US average
Cambridge employment
B- Cambridge Housing Home value is 85% higher than Massachusetts
Median home value
$629,700241% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,75485% higher than the US average
Home ownership
37%42% lower than the US average
Cambridge real estate or Cambridge rentals
A+ Cambridge Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
93%12% higher than the US average
School test scores
66%34% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
10:138% lower than the US average
Cambridge K-12 schools or Cambridge colleges

Living in Cambridge, MA

Cambridge is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. The city has a population of 108,757 residents. With a population density of 17,014 people per square mile, Cambridge is well above the nation's average density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (67% White). Given that fact, Cambridge could be considered less diverse than other cities. The median age of all Cambridge residents is 31, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles. Cambridge is known to be family friendly as more than 74% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 60% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Living in Cambridge can be a great experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of Massachusetts, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Cambridge, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, education, employment and more.

With a livability score of 76/100, Cambridge is ranked #4,501 in the United States and #27 in Massachusetts. Clearly, Cambridge is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Cambridge scores well for amenities (A+), crime (B-), education (A+), employment (B+) and housing (B-). The bad news for Cambridge, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: cost of living (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Cambridge on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Harvard University, Harvard Museum of Natural History, and Harvard Square.

The average school test scores in Cambridge are 66%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Cambridge is actually affordable. The median home price for Cambridge homes is $629,700, which is 84.7% higher than the Massachusetts average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Cambridge, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 7.6, which is 58.3% higher than the Massachusetts average. Real estate appreciation rates in Cambridge are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Cambridge homes comes in at 5.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 10.1%.

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Compare Cambridge, MA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Cambridge, MA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mit, Cambridge761.84,970
West Cambridge, Cambridge760.88,854
North Cambridge, Cambridge751.613,280
Cambridgeport, Cambridge741.312,501
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
West Roxbury, Boston737.132,855
Neighborhood 9, Cambridge720.811,671
Riverside, Cambridge720.711,860
Aggasiz-Harvard, Cambridge710.55,061

Best Cities Near Cambridge, MA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Melrose, MA806.327,787
Belmont, MA803.425,555
Brookline, MA803.859,180
Newton, MA805.588,317
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Arlington, MA803.744,408
Winchester, MA795.522,491
Westborough, MA7926.64,057
Wellesley, MA789.728,909

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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).
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