Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, in the Greater Boston area. Cambridge is home to two internationally prominent universities, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. According to the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 105,162.
By 1920, Cambridge was one of the main industrial cities of New England, with nearly 120,000 residents. As industry in New England began to decline during the Great Depression and after World War II, Cambridge lost much of its industrial base. It also began the transition to being an intellectual, rather than an industrial, center. Harvard University had always been important in the city (both as a landowner and as an institution), but it began to play a more dominant role in the city's life and culture. Also, the move of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from Boston in 1912 ensured Cambridge's status as an intellectual center of the United States.
Manufacturing was an important part of the economy in the late 19th and early 20th century, but educational institutions are the city's biggest employers today. Both Harvard and MIT together employ about 20,000. As a cradle of technological innovation, Cambridge was home to such legendary technology firms as Analog Devices, Akamai, Bolt, Beranek, and Newman (BBN Technologies) (now part of Raytheon), General Radio (later GenRad), Lotus Development Corporation (now part of IBM), Polaroid, Symbolics, Thinking Machines, and VMware.
After the 1950s, the city's population began to decline slowly, as families tended to be replaced by single people and young couples. The 1980s brought a wave of high-technology startups, creating software such as Visicalc and Lotus 1-2-3, and advanced computers, but many of these companies fell into decline with the fall of the minicomputer and DOS-based systems. However, the city continues to be home to many startups as well as a thriving biotech industry.
The median income for a household in the city was $47,979, and the median income for a family was $59,423 (these figures had risen to $58,457 and $79,533 respectively as of a 2007 estimate. Males had a median income of $43,825 versus $38,489 for females. The per capita income for the city was $31,156. About 8.7% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.
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Addis Red Sea Restaurant - Category: Ethiopian - 1755 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 441-8727
Baraka Café - Category: African - 80 Pearl St
Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 868-3951
Border Café - Category: Tex-Mex, Cajun/Creole - 32 Church St
Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 864-6100
Coast Cafe - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 233 River Street, Cambridge, MA 02139-4429 (617) 354-7644 - (visit website)
East Coast Grill - Category: Barbeque, Seafood - 1271 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 491-6568
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