Cambridge, ON

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Key findings

  • Cambridge has a Livability Score of 88/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Cambridge crime rates are 2% higher than the Ontario average
  • Cost of living in Cambridge is 16% lower than the Ontario average
  • Cambridge real estate prices are 39% lower than the Ontario average
  • Rental prices in Cambridge are 100% lower than the Ontario average

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      Cambridge, ON

      Known as the ‘Tri-City, Cambridge as it is known today, was formed in 1973 by the amalgamation of the city of Galt and the towns of Blair, Preston and Hespeler. The city is located at the confluence of the Grand and Speed rivers in Southern Ontario. Galt is the largest part of Cambridge, taking up much of its southern half. This is one of the oldest areas of the city, dating back to the 1700s. It is also where Cambridge’s downtown core is located, as well as the prestigious Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School and the University of Waterloo School of Architecture.

      In terms of living, Cambridge is a great city that is made up of many tight-knit communities. Of these, Galt is the liveliest and where any Cambridge city guide will lead you if you want to experience the city’s nightlife. It is also the best area in terms of culture, as it hosts numerous festivals and is home to places like the Cambridge Centre of the Arts and the historic city hall. It is also the best area of the city for shopping. If you prefer the outdoors, than Blair is the place to live in. Here, you will find a couple of golf courses and numerous parks with lovely, well-maintained trails.

      Cambridge has grown rapidly since 2006 and continues to do so thanks to its influx of new residents. Most people are of European decent, although recently there have been many Indians, Pakistanis and Afghans moving to the city. This has turned a not so diverse city into a much more multicultural one. It also means that Cambridge has quite a young population, with around 22 percent of residents being under 14. This means that there are numerous schools in the city. Cambridge’s beautiful surrounding scenery is another great thing about living here, as you can spend weekends hiking or cycling along one of the numerous trails.

      There are a number of historic bridges throughout the city that have played a big part in its transportation. Two of them are pedestrian/cycling only bridges, while the rest are for all vehicles, including buses. In fact, Cambridge has quite an extensive network of buses that travel to all areas of the city, even the nearby Region of Waterloo International Airport. Still, most Cambridge residents will tell you to also explore on foot, especially in the city centre. This will give you the opportunity to really enjoy the city and its eclectic mix of old and new architecture.

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      Source: The Cambridge, ON data and statistics displayed above are derived from Statistics Canada and updated for 2021 by Environics Analytics.