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Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after the town and county in England.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Massachusetts named Cambridge. For links to other places called Cambridge, MA, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Cambridge is 42.375N. The longitude is -71.106W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 16 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 101,587.


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Median household income
Local
$47,979
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Cambridge demographic reports
Cambridge is on the Charles River across from Boston.
After the Revolution, became known as the "home of the Literati."
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 513. The number of murders and homicides was 3. The violent crime rate was 5 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 1 among big cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Filming location for:
· 1966 movie, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
· 1997 movie, "Good Will Hunting"
· 1973 movie, "The Paper Chase"
Census 2000 highlights: Fifth most crowded city in the U.S., with 15,836 people per square mile; Among U.S. communities of at least 100,000 people, ranked No. 10 in monthly mortgage costs. The median here was $1,896
Well-known residents have included:
· Matt Damon, actor
· Ben Affleck, actor
· Oliver Wendell Holmes, physician and writer
· Jane Curtin, comedian and actress
· Sam Waterston, actor
· Julia Child, chef
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Oktoberfest - Oct. 7, 2007
  • Cambridge River Festival - June 16, 2007
  • Head of the Charles Regatta - Oct. 20-21, 2007
Dates often change. Check Cambridge web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: American Repertory Theatre, New England Philharmonic, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Charles River Reservation
Historic sites and museums: Longfellow National Historic Site, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University Art Museums, MIT Museum, Margaret Hutchinson Compton Gallery
Colleges and universities: Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lesley College, Episcopal Divinity School, Weston Jesuit School of Theology
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 234
Quotes:
And then it was one thing for her to stroll with him round Cambridge, where she knew every step and had the confidence and freedom which came from being on her own ground, and the pretext, which was perfectly natural, of wanting to show him the colleges, and quite another thing to go wandering with him through the streets of this great strange city, which, attractive, delightful as it was, had not the suitableness even of being his home, not his real one.
-- The Bostonians
Henry James

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Cambridge demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Middlesex County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Boston area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 02139 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

7% of Cambridge residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Cambridge ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Cambridge was $31,156, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

65% of Cambridge residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Cambridge include Ash Street Historic District, Avon Hill Historic District, Berkeley Street Historic District, Cambridge Common Historic District, Central Square Historic District, Charles River Basin Historic District, City Hall Historic District, East Cambridge Historic District, Follen Street Historic District, Garfield Street Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Cambridge, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $912.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,896.


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Libraries in Cambridge include Alma Boudreau Branch, Cambridge Public Library, Central Square Branch Library, Daniel P. Collins Branch Library, Mildred A. O'Neill Branch, Salvatore Valente Branch Library, William Cardinal O'Connell Branch ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Cambridge include Cambridge Chronicle

TV stations in Cambridge include WLVI.

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Cambridge restaurants taking online reservations include Bambara Restaurant, Bombay Club, Casablanca, Craigie Street Bistrot, Dante, Harvest, Henrietta's Table, MC?, Oleana, OM Restaurant and Lounge ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Cambridge workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 7 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Cambridge between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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MA communities formerly known as Cambridge:
  �Allston, Suffolk County
  �Brighton, Suffolk County

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“ And then it was one thing for her to stroll with him round Cambridge, where she knew every step and had the confidence and freedom which came from being on her own ground, and the pretext, which was perfectly natural, of wanting to show him the colleges, and quite another thing to go wandering with him through the streets of this great strange city, which, attractive, delightful as it was, had not the suitableness even of being his home, not his real one. ”
~ The Bostonians
Henry James

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