Cambridge, MA (Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave)




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About Cambridge, MA (Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave)


Real Estate Prices and Overview

Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave median real estate price is $899,058, which is more expensive than 95.1% of the neighborhoods in Massachusetts and 96.7% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.

The average rental price in Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave is currently $2,438, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. The average rental cost in this neighborhood is higher than 94.2% of the neighborhoods in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave is a densely urban neighborhood (based on population density) located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave real estate is primarily made up of small (studio to two bedroom) to medium sized (three or four bedroom) small apartment buildings and apartment complexes/high-rise apartments. Most of the residential real estate is occupied by a mixture of owners and renters. Many of the residences in the Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave neighborhood are relatively historic, built no later than 1939, and in some cases, quite a bit earlier. A number of residences were also built between 1970 and 1999.

In Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave, the current vacancy rate is 1.5%, which is a lower rate of vacancies than 94.2% of all neighborhoods in the U.S. This means that the housing supply in Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave is very tight compared to the demand for property here.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Cambridge, the Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.

Notable & Unique: Occupations

The Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave neighborhood has a higher proportion of its residents employed as executives, managers and professionals than 99.9% of the neighborhoods in American. In fact, 84.0% of the employed people here make a living as an executive, a manager, or other professional. With such a high concentration, this truly shapes the character of this neighborhood, and to a large degree defines what this neighborhood is about.

Furthermore, the Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave neighborhood stands out nationally for having a greater proportion of its residents active in the military than 99.1% of other U.S. neighborhoods. If you come here, you will notice military people active in their jobs, going to and from work, and in plain clothes out and about the neighborhood.

Notable & Unique: People

Some neighborhoods have residents that are more educated than others. But in this neighborhood there is a dramatic difference. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that 55.4% of the adults here have earned a Masters degree, medical degree, Ph.D. or law degree. This is a higher rate of people with a graduate degree than is found in 99.8% of U.S. neighborhoods, where the average American neighborhood has 8.4% of its adults with a graduate degree. If you are highly educated, you may have much in common with many of your neighbors here.

In addition, think about the people you know personally. How many of them would purchase box seats to opening night at the symphony? How many of them regularly attend gallery openings, or are the first to reserve tickets to opening night at the ballet? If they're like most of us, they don't do any of these things. But if you're among an exclusive crowd of wealthy and refined patrons of the arts, then you'll feel right at home in the Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave neighborhood: a neighborhood in which more "urban sophisticates" live than 99.6% of neighborhoods across the U.S. Here, your neighbors are defined as having urbane tastes in literature, music, live theatre and the arts. They are wealthy, educated, travel in style, and live a big city lifestyle whether or not they live in or near a big city. In addition to being an excellent choice for urban sophisticates, this neighborhood is also a very good choice for highly educated executives.

Also, massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave has the amazing distinction of housing more same sex couples living together than 98.9% of neighborhoods in the U.S. If you are seeking such a neighborhood, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that this is one place that you should consider.

Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation

Would you like to be able to ride your bike to work? If you are attracted to the idea of getting a little exercise of the two-wheeled type while reducing your carbon footprint, bicycling to work might be the answer. But which neighborhood you live in can make this either impossible, or alternatively, a great and realistic option. NeighborhoodScout's analysis revealed that the Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave neighborhood is a fantastic option for bicycle commuters, as 6.2% of commuters here do ride their bikes to and from work on a daily basis. This is a higher amount than we found in 98.3% of the neighborhoods in America.

Also, in the Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave neighborhood, 38.0% of people ride the train to work each day. This is a very high percentage compared to most places. In fact, NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals that this is a higher level of train ridership than in 98.0% of the neighborhoods in America.

Finally, more people in Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave choose to walk to work each day (12.0%) than almost any neighborhood in America. If you are attracted to the idea of being able to walk to work, this neighborhood could be a good choice.

Notable & Unique: Diversity

Did you know that the Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave neighborhood has more Russian and Eastern European ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 6.3% of this neighborhood's residents have Russian ancestry and 1.7% have Eastern European ancestry.

Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 1.9% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak Hebrew at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 99.1% of the neighborhoods in America.

Notable & Unique: Real Estate

Being a walkable neighborhood can help increase property values for the simple reason that people enjoy it and value it. To put it plainly, despite our love affair with the automobile, American's enjoy taking to the streets, sidewalks, paths, and courtyards of a place to get a coffee, relax, and take in the sights and sounds. And, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive and first quantitative walkable score index, the Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave neighborhood is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in America.

In addition, corner bodegas, stores on the first floor and apartments above, former grand Victorian residences converted into apartments, three-deckers built shoulder-to-shoulder, duplexes. Such building types define the real estate of neighborhoods dominated by small 2, 3, and 4 unit apartment buildings. Many are in older core neighborhoods of Eastern and Midwestern cities, or historic town centers in their hinterlands. If you wax romantic about the look and feel of such neighborhoods, with fresh pizza, falafel and an independent florist at the corner, then you might find the Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave neighborhood worth a close look. This neighborhood is an absolutely outstanding example of the dominance of small 2, 3, and 4 unit apartment buildings compared to neighborhoods across the nation, as they make up a substantial portion of this neighborhood's real estate stock. In fact, no less than 45.4% of the real estate here is made up of such dwellings, which is higher than 97.3% of all U.S. neighborhoods.

Furthermore, do you watch 'This Old House' on Public Television? Do you love the idea of fixing up a Colonial or Victorian era home, complete with the charm of yesteryear? Do you like to stroll or drive streets lined with gracious older residences? If you found yourself nodding yes to any of these questions, you are going to be interested in this unique neighborhood. The Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave neighborhood stands out on a national scale for the sheer concentration of historic residences it contains: 61.3% of the residential real estate here was built from 1939 or earlier, some much earlier. This is a greater concentration of historic homes than 95.7% of the neighborhoods in the United States.


The Neighbors

The Neighbors: Income

There are two complementary measures for understanding the income of a neighborhood's residents: the average and the extremes. While a neighborhood may be relatively wealthy overall, it is equally important to understand the rate of people - particularly children - who are living at or below the federal poverty line, which is extremely low income. Some neighborhoods with a lower average income may actually have a lower childhood poverty rate than another with a higher average income, and this helps us understand the conditions and character of a neighborhood.

The neighbors in the Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave neighborhood in Cambridge are wealthy, making it among the 15% highest income neighborhoods in America. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 94.9% of the neighborhoods in America. In addition, 4.4% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 79.3% of America's neighborhoods.

The Neighbors: Occupations

What we choose to do for a living reflects who we are. Each neighborhood has a different mix of occupations represented, and together these tell you about the neighborhood and help you understand if this neighborhood may fit your lifestyle.

In the Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave neighborhood, 84.0% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations, with 7.4% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (7.3%), and 6.0% in the military.

The Neighbors: Ethnicity / Ancestry

Boston's Beacon Hill blue-blood streets, Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish enclaves, Los Angeles' Persian neighborhoods. Each has its own culture derived primarily from the ancestries and culture of the residents who call these neighborhoods home. Likewise, each neighborhood in America has its own culture – some more unique than others – based on lifestyle, occupations, the types of households – and importantly – on the ethnicities and ancestries of the people who live in the neighborhood. Understanding where people came from, who their grandparents or great-grandparents were, can help you understand how a neighborhood is today.

In the Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave neighborhood in Cambridge, MA, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Irish (17.8%). There are also a number of people of German ancestry (13.6%), and residents who report English roots (12.3%), and some of the residents are also of Italian ancestry (6.7%), along with some Russian ancestry residents (6.3%), among others. In addition, 10.5% of the residents of this neighborhood were born in another country.

The Neighbors: Languages

The languages spoken by people in this neighborhood are diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in the Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave neighborhood is English, spoken by 83.8% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish, German and South Asian languages.

Getting to Work

Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave neighborhood spend between 30 and 45 minutes commuting one-way to work (37.1% of working residents), which is at or a bit above the average length of a commute across all U.S. neighborhoods.

Here most residents (38.0%) take the train to get to work. In addition, quite a number also drive alone in a private automobile to get to work (32.7%) and 12.0% of residents also hop out the door and walk to work for their daily commute. This neighborhood is distinguished by the high number of residents who take the train to work each day, which can be a very good way to get to work at a lower cost and with less pollution.

Neighborhood Real Estate Data

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Neighborhood Crime Data

67 Vital Statistics. 2 Condition Alerts found.

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Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave 0.101011101001110
Cambridge 0.101011101001110
Massachusetts 3.91
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Cambridge 0.101011101001110
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Massachusetts Ave / Somerville Ave 0.101011101001110
Cambridge 0.101011101001110
Massachusetts 27

Neighborhood Public School Data

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Proficiency in Reading and Math 0.101011101001110 0.101011101001110
Proficiency in Reading 0.101011101001110 0.101011101001110
Proficiency in Math 0.101011101001110 0.101011101001110

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