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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.



Cambridge was settled in 1630.

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

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

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 total 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 (which had 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 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
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lynn
    • Lynn is located in Essex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 94,539 people
  • Quincy
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Quincy
    • Quincy is located in Norfolk County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 94,421 people
  • Framingham
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Framingham
    • Framingham is located in Middlesex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 73,892 people
  • Weymouth
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Weymouth
    • Weymouth is located in Norfolk County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 58,104 people
  • Peabody
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peabody
    • Peabody is located in Essex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 53,063 people
  • Salem
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salem
    • Salem is located in Essex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 43,581 people
  • Billerica
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Billerica
    • Billerica is located in Middlesex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 43,021 people
  • Beverly
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beverly
    • Beverly is located in Essex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 42,242 people
  • Woburn
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woburn
    • Woburn is located in Middlesex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 40,135 people
  • Braintree
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Braintree
    • Braintree is located in Norfolk County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 37,074 people

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.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Cambridge was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<6>

From that list, the Cambridge post office opened in 1802.

We also found Cambridge in the book titled U.S. Post Offices (1803).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Cambridge.

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>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

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