Cambridge, MA
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Cambridge is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 118,977 people and 32 constituent neighborhoods, Cambridge is the fifth largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Cambridge was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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 95.51% 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 (16.23%), management occupations (13.20%), and the sciences (10.06%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Cambridge telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.50% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Cambridge is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Cambridge has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Cambridge enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Cambridge.

Not only is Cambridge a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Cambridge a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Cambridge is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Cambridge, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Cambridge is a pretty powerful place. 77.38% 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 $54,685, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $218,740 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 Irish, English, German, Italian, and European.

Cambridge also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 28.82%.

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