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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 95.54% 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 (15.50%), management occupations (12.84%), and the sciences (9.83%).

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 7.41% 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.

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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Cambridge use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Cambridge‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Cambridge. 75.07% 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 $49,453, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $197,812 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 (27.09%).

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