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Where is Harvard University?

Learn About Harvard's Location in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to Harvard University, is a colorful, multicultural city just across the river from Boston in Middlesex County. Cambridge is truly a center of academics and higher learning, featuring two of the world's premier educational institutions (Harvard and MIT). Founded in 1630 as a Puritan settlement known as 'Newtowne,' the town is rich in history and historic architecture, with several buildings in Harvard Square and the historic neighborhood of Old Cambridge dating as far back as the 17th century. The city boasts a wide range of cultural offerings, including several museums, an eclectic mix of art and entertainment venues and one of the world's largest number of bookstores per capita.


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Cambridge Quick Facts

  • Population (2010): 105,162
  • Total area: 7.13 sq mi
  • Time zone: Eastern
  • ZIP codes: 02138, 02139, 02140, 02141, 02142
  • Area codes: 617, 857
  • Major cities nearby: Boston (3.5 mi), Salem (19 mi)

Cambridge Weather and Climate

  • humid continental climate
  • 40 inches of precipitation annually
  • Warm summers (average high temperatures above 80˚)
  • Cold, snowy winters (average high temperature of 36˚)
  • "Nor'easters" occur regularly during winter months

Transportation

  • Served by the Massachusetts Bus and Transportation Authority
  • Easy access to public transit around Cambridge and to and from Boston
  • Several bike paths
  • Very pedestrian; of large U.S. communities, Cambridge has the highest percentage of commuters who walk to work

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What to See

  • Museums: Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Museum of Natural History, MIT Museum, Museum of Science, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University
  • Historical Sites: Cambridge Common, Cambridge Historical Society, Cooper-Frost-Austin House, Entrepreneur Walk of Fame, Longfellow House, Memorial Hall, Mount Auburn Cemetery
  • Arts: Cambridge Art Association, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Multicultural Arts Center, Out of the Blue Gallery
  • Entertainment: American Repertory Theater, Harvard Film Archive, Hasty Pudding Theatricals, ImprovBoston, Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre, Ryles Jazz Club
  • Sports: Boston Bruins (hockey), Boston Red Sox (baseball), Boston Celtics (basketball), Boston Breakers (soccer), Boston Blazers (lacrosse)
  • Bookstores: Barefoot Books, Center for New Words, Harvard Bookstore, Lorem Ipsum, McIntyre and Moore, Porter Square Books

Did You Know?

  • Cambridge is commonly known as "Boston's Left Bank"
  • The first legal same-sex marriage licenses in the United States were issued at Cambridge City Hall
  • Harvard University is the top employer in the city (followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • At least 129 Nobel Prize winners (of 780 total) have been affiliated at some point with one of Cambridge's universities
  • Cambridge is the birthplace of the world's longest reigning monarch, Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)
  • Founded in 1636, Cambridge's Harvard College, one of two schools within Harvard University, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the country
  • A resident of Cambridge is known as a "Cantabrigian"

Cambridge Colleges and Universities

International Sister Cities of Cambridge

  • Coimbra, Portugal
  • Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • Gaeta, Italy
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Yerevan, Armenia
  • San Jose Las Flores, El Salvador
  • Tsukuba Science City, Japan
  • Krakow, Poland
  • unofficial relationship with Cambridge, England

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