Cambridge, MA
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Cambridge is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 110,402 people and 32 constituent neighborhoods, Cambridge is the fifth largest community in Massachusetts. Cambridge has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Cambridge home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Cambridge real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Cambridge is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 95.34% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Cambridge is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cambridge who work in teaching (15.47%), management occupations (12.36%), and the sciences (10.17%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Cambridge has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Also of interest is that Cambridge has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Cambridge is also a city of artists. Cambridge has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Cambridge’s character.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Cambridge really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Cambridge is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Cambridge more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Cambridge’s character and quality of life.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Cambridge is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Cambridge area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Cambridge is a pretty powerful place. 74.65% of the adults in Cambridge have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Cambridge in 2010 was $48,446, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $193,784 for a family of four. However, Cambridge contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Cambridge is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Cambridge home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cambridge residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Cambridge include German, English, Italian, and Polish.

In addition, Cambridge has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (28.15%).

The most common language spoken in Cambridge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.