Cambridge 80 Exceptional
Cambridge Livability #38 ranked city in Massachusetts#3,541 ranked city in the USARanks better than 87% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Cambridge Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Cambridge Cost of Living Cost of living is 33% higher than Massachusetts
17373% more expensive than the US average
13030% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Cambridge cost of living
B- Cambridge Crime Total crime is 56% higher than Massachusetts
Total crime
2,11910% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4810% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
10%Year over year crime is up
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
B+ Cambridge Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
93%12% higher than the US average
School test scores
59%23% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
10:138% lower than the US average
Cambridge K-12 schools
A+ Cambridge User Ratings There are a total of 7 ratings in Cambridge
Overall user rating
85% 7 total ratings
User reviews rating
100% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
71% 5 total surveys
all Cambridge poll results

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      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%.

      Cambridge transportation information

      Average one way commute25min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work28.2%71.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool3.5%7.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit28.9%9.9%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle7.0%0.8%0.6%
      Workers who walk24.6%4.9%2.8%
      Working from home6.9%4.7%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Cambridge, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).