Situated just north of Boston, across the Charles River, Cambridge is the fifth most populous city in Massachusetts, and home to two of the most renowned educational institutions in the world: Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). While many students choose to move to Cambridge, the city attracts a broad range of residents.
Cambridge has a diverse, liberal and educated population that enjoys the city’s many ethnic restaurants, scholarly events and leafy squares The first same-sex couple to legally marry in the U.S. tied the knot in Cambridge in 2004. The city’s top employers are in the higher education, biotechnology and healthcare industry sectors.
Cambridge is called the “City of Squares” due to the layout of the streets that form its commercial districts. Technology-focused Kendall Square, gritty Central Square and bustling Harvard Square are just a few of the main neighborhoods. With a population of just over 100,000, Cambridge . There are many bike paths within the city and most streets have designated bike lanes. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, affectionately called “the T,” connects Cambridge to Boston just across the Charles River.
Whether you’re out alone or entertaining family or out-of-town friends, there’s plenty to see and do in Cambridge. The Museum of Science includes a planetarium and over 400 interactive exhibits. Harvard’s Busch-Reisinger Museum houses rare art of Central and Northern Europe. The Peabody Museum is one of the oldest anthropology museums in the world. The Cambridge Arts River Festival in June is fun for the whole family. The Cambridge Carnival is a Caribbean-style event in August, featuring costumes, music, dancing and food. The annual Oktoberfest event brings live entertainment, vendors and a parade to Harvard Square every October.