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Welcome to Cambridge ...

The city of Cambridge is located in Middlesex County<1> and is the County Seat for Middlesex County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Cambridge has a population of 118,988 people<2> (see below for details).

Cambridge was settled in 1630.

The community of Cambridge is near sea level<3>.

Time Zone: Cambridge lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Cambridge: (617) & (857)<4>

The ZIP codes for Cambridge: 02138-02142, 02238-02239<5>

Websites for Cambridge ...

Official Website:   www.ci.cambridge.ma.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.cambridgechamber.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Cambridge had an population of 118,988 people. This is an increase of 13.15% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 17.4% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Cambridge had a population of 105,162 people (or 7% of the total population of Middlesex County). This makes Cambridge the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Cambridge represents 1.61% of the population of Massachusetts (which has 6,547,629 people), making it the state's 5th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 105,162 people, the population of Cambridge increased 3.76% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 101,355 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Cambridge.

Communities Also Named Cambridge ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Massachusetts communities named Cambridge: This one is located in Middlesex County and the other is located in Worcester County.

Beyond Massachusetts, there are 43 communities that are also named Cambridge - they are located in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho (2), Illinois (2), Iowa (2), Kansas (2), Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina (3), Nova Scotia, Ohio (2), Oklahoma, Ontario (2), Pennsylvania (2), Prince Edward Island, South Carolina (2), Tennessee, Texas (2), Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Cambridge.

Communities near Cambridge ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Cambridge.

  • Lynn [Essex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lynn
    • Lynn [Essex County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the northeast of Cambridge
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 94,539 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lynn
  • Quincy [Norfolk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Quincy
    • Quincy [Norfolk County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the southeast of Cambridge
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 94,421 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Quincy
  • Framingham [Middlesex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Framingham
    • Framingham [Middlesex County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Cambridge
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 73,892 people
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  • Weymouth [Norfolk County]
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    • Weymouth [Norfolk County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southeast of Cambridge
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 58,104 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Weymouth
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Peabody [Essex County]
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      • Peabody [Essex County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the northeast of Cambridge
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 53,063 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peabody
    • Salem [Essex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salem
      • Salem [Essex County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northeast of Cambridge
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 43,581 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salem
    • Billerica [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Billerica
      • Billerica [Middlesex County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the northwest of Cambridge
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 43,021 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Billerica
    • Beverly [Essex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beverly
      • Beverly [Essex County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the northeast of Cambridge
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 42,242 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beverly
    • Woburn [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woburn
      • Woburn [Middlesex County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the north of Cambridge
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 40,135 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woburn have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woburn
    • Braintree [Norfolk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Braintree
      • Braintree [Norfolk County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Cambridge
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 37,074 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Braintree

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Cambridge. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Cambridge.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Cambridge. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Cambridge.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Cambridge. Our list includes 42 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Cambridge.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Cambridge ...

Looking for more information about Cambridge? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Cambridge, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Cambridge.

Adding Cambridge to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Cambridge in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Cambridge was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Cambridge on a map titled George#&160;F. Cram Map (1901).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Cambridge on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Massachusetts

About Middlesex County

About Massachusetts

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Cambridge: www.ci.cambridge.ma.us/

The official website for State of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Massachusetts' counties, including Middlesex, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Cambridge.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Cambridge - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (857) is an overlay for area code (617).
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Cambridge). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Cambridge or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Cambridge includes: 02138, 2139, 2140, 2141, 02238 & 02239.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cambridge) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Cambridge. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from CambridgeOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cambridge. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.3738, Longitude: -71.1189    
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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