Cambridge, MA Business Overview

Cambridge's business climate is grounded in education and large companies.

On Monday, August 20, 2012 - 16:18

Home to two of the most renowned universities in the nation, Cambridge is a well-nourished site for business. The business climate is mainly dominated by science-related and technological companies and privately owned institutions. Harvard and MIT are two of Cambridge's top employers.

A few companies located in Cambridge, MA include: Genzyme, Novartis Institute of BioMedical Research, Biogen Idec, Broad Institute, Draper Laboratories, Akamai, Google Inc., Microsoft and Pfizer. Additionally, the Cambridge Innovation Center houses more than 400 businesses.


Located 235 miles away from New York City and close to other major cities, many people travel Routes 2 and 6 and McGrath Highway, which pass through Cambridge. Also, Interstates 90 and 93 are within proximity.

Most residents work in Cambridge. Around 30 percent of households do not own cars, making Cambridge one of the least car-reliant cities in the nation. With that, people rely on public transportation and walking.

Biking your way around Cambridge is also a popular mode of transport. There are more than 1,000 bike racks to park your bicycle throughout the city. Also, The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority offers several bus and a subway lines for convenience.

Cambridge also has a MTBA railway station in Central Square, part of the regional Commuter Rail system that runs as far north as Newbury, Mass., and as far south as Rhode Island.

Cambridge is five miles away from Boston’s Logan International Airport. The airport provides major domestic airlines such as Delta, US Airways and Southwest, and international lines that fly overseas, such as British Airways and Japan Airways.

See a list of top employers in Cambridge, MA.