Cue up the first road trip

On Monday, I’m heading out for my Cambridge (MA) to Cambridge (NY) road trip.  I’ve been studying up on Cambridge, NY, where I’ll focus on the village, rather than the town of the same name.  (More on that next week, once I figure it all out.)  For now, I started by gathering basic information (thank you, Wikipedia) to guide my conversations when I’m there.

A bird’s-eye view of these numbers could lead to the assumption that the difference between Cambridge, MA and Cambridge, NY is population and there’s not much else to see.  As I’ve read further, though, I’ve come to think there are other key forces at play.  I’m looking forward to chatting with folks there and finding out more.

Massachusetts New York
Type of community or government City Village
Zip code(s) 02138 to 02142 12816
Population from 2010 Census 105,162 1870
Area (square miles) 7.1 1.7
Population density/square mile 16,355 1151
Median age 31 40
Population breakdown (percent)
Under 18 13.3 25.7
18 to 24 21.2 7.1
25 to 44 38.6 24.5
45 to 64 17.8 23.0
65 or older 9.2 19.8
Percent white 67 98 (2000)
Median income $47,979 $31,164
Elevation (feet) 40 496
Miles to an ocean (approximately, as the crow flies) 3 124
Distance to Cambridge, MA (shortest driving distance) 0 160 miles

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