Cambridge

Population: 108,757Median home value: $629,700Find homes for sale 76 Ranks better than 84% of areas

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A+ Cambridge Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Cambridge Cost of Living Cost of living is 34% higher than Massachusetts
Cambridge
17575% more expensive than the US average
Massachusetts
13131% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Cambridge cost of living
B- Cambridge Crime Total crime is 17% higher than Massachusetts
Total crime
2,09824% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4824% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-21%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
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, Massachusetts is a medium-sized city with 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 look at the most recent Census, Cambridge is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. With an average age of 31 years old, Cambridge could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Cambridge might be a good fit as 74% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 60% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Cambridge could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Massachusetts if you know where to look. To help you find the best places to live in and around Cambridge, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like cost of living, education, housing and more.

Using data and statistics Cambridge has received a livability score of 76 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 84th percentile when compared to all other cities. Compared to the United States average, Cambridge ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Based on the rankings for each individual category, Cambridge has received high marks for amenities (A+), crime (B-), education (A+), employment (B+) and housing (B-). Cambridge does not rank well for the following: cost of living (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Cambridge is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Cambridge come in at $629,700, which is 84.7% higher than the Massachusetts average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Cambridge, the home price to income ratio is 7.6, which is 58.3% higher than the Massachusetts average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Cambridge area were 5.5% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 10.1%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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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, Cambridge750.88,854
North Cambridge, Cambridge751.613,280
Cambridgeport, Cambridge741.312,501
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
West Roxbury, Boston737.132,855
Neighborhood 9, Cambridge720.811,671
Riverside, Cambridge710.711,860
East Cambridge, Cambridge702.29,877

Best Cities Near Cambridge, MA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Melrose, MA806.327,787
Brookline, MA803.859,180
Belmont, MA803.425,555
Newton, MA805.588,317
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Arlington, MA793.744,408
Winchester, MA795.522,491
Westborough, MA7926.64,057
Needham, MA789.130,167

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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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