Cambridge, MA

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2020 Population
117,822
1.02% 1-year growth
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
Democratic Party
US Senator
Ed Markey
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
30.6
0.328% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
12%
5.89% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$107,490
4.2% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$843,100
9.74% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
69,846
0.714% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Cambridge, MA had a population of 118k people with a median age of 30.6 and a median household income of $107,490. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Cambridge, MA grew from 116,632 to 117,822, a 1.02% increase and its median household income grew from $103,154 to $107,490, a 4.2% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Cambridge, MA are White (Non-Hispanic) (58.6%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (17.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (9.79%), White (Hispanic) (5.61%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.91%).

None of the households in Cambridge, MA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

81.8% of the residents in Cambridge, MA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Cambridge, MA are Harvard University (9,947 degrees awarded in 2020), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (166683) (3,715 degrees), and Hult International Business School (1,792 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Cambridge, MA was $843,100, and the homeownership rate was 34.9%.

Most people in Cambridge, MA used public transit to get to work, and the average commute time was 26.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Cambridge, MA was 1 car per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Cambridge, MA is home to a population of 118k people, from which 81.8% are citizens. As of 2018, 28.9% of Cambridge, MA residents were born outside of the country (33.4k people).

In 2020, there were 3.36 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (69.1k people) in Cambridge, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 20.6k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 11.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

81.8%
2020 Citizenship
81.7%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 81.8% of Cambridge, MA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Cambridge, MA was 81.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Cambridge, MA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    69.1k ± 1.68k
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    20.6k ± 1.19k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    11.5k ± 1.16k
9.33%
Hispanic Population
11k people

In 2020, there were 3.36 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (69.1k people) in Cambridge, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 20.6k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 11.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9.33% of the people in Cambridge, MA are hispanic (11k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. China
    98,663 ± 7,656 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    90,760 ± 7,347 people
  3. Brazil
    81,000 ± 6,946 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Massachusetts was China, the natal country of 98,663 Massachusetts residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 90,760 and Brazil with 81,000.

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Foreign-Born Population

28.9%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
33.4k people
28.3%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
31.4k people

As of 2018, 28.9% of Cambridge, MA residents (33.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.5%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Cambridge, MA was 28.3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    498 ± 153
  2. Vietnam
    420 ± 104
  3. Korea
    284 ± 189

Cambridge, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.19 times greater than any other conflict.

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The economy of Cambridge, MA employs 69.8k people. The largest industries in Cambridge, MA are Educational Services (19,403 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (14,904 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (8,178 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($100,739), Utilities ($100,234), and Information ($99,333).

Males in Massachusetts have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $69,870. The income inequality in Massachusetts (measured using the Gini index) is 0.48, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

69.8k
2020 Value
± 1,804
−0.714%
1 Year decline
± 3.58%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Cambridge, MA declined at a rate of −0.714%, from 70.3k employees to 69.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cambridge, MA, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (11,154 people), Management Occupations (9,025 people), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (7,428 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Cambridge, MA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

69.8k
2020 Value
± 1,804
−0.714%
1 Year decline
± 3.58%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Cambridge, MA declined at a rate of −0.714%, from 70.3k employees to 69.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cambridge, MA, are Educational Services (19,403 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (14,904 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (8,178 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Cambridge, MA, though some of these residents may live in Cambridge, MA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$67,009
Median earning men ± $2,956
$52,969
Median earning women ± $1,892

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Information ($124,808), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($101,921), and Manufacturing ($101,228).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Manufacturing ($97,347), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($78,140), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($77,021).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Massachusetts. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Massachusetts.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Massachusetts to other states, or from other states to Massachusetts.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $37.4B
  2. $29.6B
  3. $28.4B

In 2020, the top outbound Massachusetts product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $37.4B, followed by Electronics ($29.6B) and Mixed freight ($28.4B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Massachusetts products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$314B
2020 Value in Massachusetts
$627B
Projected 2050 Value in Massachusetts
99.9% growth

In 2020, total outbound Massachusetts trade was $314B. This is expected to increase 99.9% to $627B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Massachusetts trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Massachusetts to other states, or from other states to Massachusetts.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $31B
  2. $23.4B
  3. $14.9B

In 2020, the top outbound Massachusetts domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $31B, followed by New Hampshire with $23.4B and Connecticut and $14.9B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Massachusetts shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are the senators currently representing the state of Massachusetts. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Massachusetts is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Massachusetts

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Elizabeth Warren
Senator from Massachusetts1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013
Ed Markey
Senator from Massachusetts2
Assumed office on July 16, 2013
Elected to the seat to succeed Mo Cowan, who had been appointed to the seat following the resignation of John Kerry, who had become Secretary of State.

Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are the senators currently representing Massachusetts.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Massachusetts over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Massachusetts

Massachusetts is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Massachusetts have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Cambridge, MA awarded 16,940 degrees. The student population of Cambridge, MA in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 22,962 male students and 24,899 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Cambridge, MA are White (6,244 and 52.6%), followed by Asian (2,356 and 19.8%), Hispanic or Latino (1,302 and 11%), and Black or African American (778 and 6.55%).

The largest universities in Cambridge, MA by number of degrees awarded are Harvard University (9,947 and 58.7%), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (166683) (3,715 and 21.9%), and Hult International Business School (1,792 and 10.6%).

The most popular majors in Cambridge, MA are General Business Administration & Management (1,432 and 8.45%), Computer Science (940 and 5.55%), and Management Science (831 and 4.91%).

The median tuition cost in Cambridge, MA for private four year colleges is $45,900.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2020 in Cambridge, MA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 10.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 43.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 47,861 (48% men and 52% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 47,861 students enrolled in Cambridge, MA, 48% men and 52% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 17,977 records, of which 54.5% were women and 45.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 1,330 degree-majors awarded
  2. 733 degree-majors awarded
  3. 632 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Masters Degree recipients in Cambridge, MA was General Business Administration & Management with 1,330 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Masters Degree from schools in Cambridge, MA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 9,947 degrees awarded
  2. 3,715 degrees awarded
  3. 1,792 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Harvard University with 9,947 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 8,508 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Cambridge, MA, which is 1.01 times more than the 8,432 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 6,244 degrees mean that there were 2.65 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 2,356 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($45,900) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($665) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($820) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.959% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.04% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (1.34M), Bachelors Degree (1.3M), and Some college (1.02M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Cambridge, MA was $843,100 in 2020, which is 3.67 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $768,300 to $843,100, a 9.74% increase. The homeownership rate in Cambridge, MA is 34.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Cambridge, MA have an average commute time of 26.5 minutes, and they used public transit to get to work. Car ownership in Cambridge, MA is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Median household income in Cambridge, MA is $107,490. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in Cambridge, MA was Census Tract 3545 with a value of $188,194, followed by Census Tract 3542 and Census Tract 3529, with respective values of $165,833 and $153,315.

Property

$843,100
Median Property Value 2020
±$25,574
$16,562
Median Property Taxes
±$827

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cambridge, MA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Cambridge, MA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

34.9%
Homeownership
2020
63.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 34.9% of the housing units in Cambridge, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 34.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 3545
  2. Census Tract 3542
  3. Census Tract 3529

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Cambridge, MA was Census Tract 3545 with a value of $188,194, followed by Census Tract 3542 and Census Tract 3529, with respective values of $165,833 and $153,315.

The following map shows all of the places in Cambridge, MA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$107,490
Median Household Income
± $4,474
47.4k
Number of Households
± 1,522

In 2020, the median household income of the 47.4k households in Cambridge, MA grew to $107,490 from the previous year's value of $103,154.

The following chart displays the households in Cambridge, MA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Cambridge, MA is from Massachusetts.
0.48
2020 Wage GINI in Massachusetts
0.483
2019 Wage GINI in Massachusetts

In 2020, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.48 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.544% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Massachusetts was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Massachusetts in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Public Transit (26.3%)
  2. Drove Alone (24.3%)
  3. Walked (23.9%)

In 2020, 26.3% of workers in Cambridge, MA used public transit to get to work, followed by those who drove alone to work (24.3%) and those who walked to work (23.9%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

26.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cambridge, MA have a shorter commute time (26.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.12% of the workforce in Cambridge, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

1 car
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Cambridge, MA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Cambridge, MA have 1 car.

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Poverty & Diversity

12% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cambridge, MA (12.2k out of 101k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 25 - 34, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Cambridge, MA is White, followed by Black and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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97.7% of the population of Cambridge, MA has health coverage, with 66.1% on employee plans, 9.04% on Medicaid, 7.86% on Medicare, 14.4% on non-group plans, and 0.315% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Massachusetts was $10,559 in 2014. This is a 2.78% increase from the previous year ($10,273).

Primary care physicians in Middlesex County, MA see 793 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.627% decrease from the previous year (798 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 980 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 166 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Massachusetts, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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793 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Middlesex County, MA

Primary care physicians in Middlesex County, MA see an average of 793 patients per year. This represents a 0.627% decrease from the previous year (798 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Middlesex County, MA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Massachusetts across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 15.5% under 18 years, 44.8% between 18 and 34 years, 28.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 11.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.7% were men and 50.3% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

2.3%
Uninsured
66.1%
Employer Coverage
9.04%
Medicaid
7.86%
Medicare
14.4%
Non-Group
0.315%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cambridge, MA grew by 14.2% from 2.02% to 2.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Cambridge, MA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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