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. 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 95.68% 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 (15.86%), management occupations (13.18%), and the sciences (9.58%).

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.

Cambridge is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Cambridge is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Cambridge. 76.45% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Cambridge in 2010 was $52,552, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $210,208 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, German, Italian, English, and European.

In addition, Cambridge has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (28.23%).

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