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  •   State: 
    Dorchester County
      County FIPS: 
    38°33′59″N 76°4′37″W
      Area total: 
    12.95 sq mi (33.53 km²)
      Area land: 
    10.65 sq mi (27.58 km²)
      Area water: 
    2.30 sq mi (5.96 km²)
    20 ft (6 m)
    1793; Incorporated 1793
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Cambridge, MD
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Cambridge, Dorchester County, Maryland, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,230.02 residents per square mile of area (474.90/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Cambridge is a city in Dorchester County, Maryland, United States. The population was 13,096 at the 2020 census. Cambridge is the fourth most populous city in Maryland's Eastern Shore region, after Salisbury, Elkton and Easton. Cambridge was a center of protests during the Civil Rights Movement as local blacks sought equal access to employment and housing. The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay resort includes a golf course, spa, and marina. Four different teams in the old Eastern Shore Baseball Leaguethe Canners, Cardinals, Clippers, and Dodgerswere located in Cambridge. Cambridge has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild winters. The city is home to the National Aquarium, which supplies about 40% of the power for the solar farm in Cambridge and about 1,300 tons of carbon dioxide during the summer. The town pier was the center for slave trading for the region, a history well documented by historical markers throughout the town center. Cambridge Main Street is a comprehensive downtown revitalization process created by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. It plans to strengthen the economic potential of select cities around the state. It has revitalized its downtown business district, part of which was designated a historic district in 1990 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2002, the city's economy was boosted by jobs and tourism associated with the opening of the 400-room HyattRegency Chesapper Bay resort. The resort was the site of the 2007 U.S. House Republican Conference, which included an address by U.N. President George W. Bush.


Cambridge is one of the oldest colonial cities in Maryland. It was named after the city and county in England. The city's economy was boosted by the opening of the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay resort in 2002. It has revitalized its downtown business district, part of which was designated a historic district in 1990. The Hyatt resort was the site of the 2007 U.S. House Republican Conference, which included an address by President George W. Bush, as well as subsequent visits by President Barack Obama. The town pier was the center for slave trading for the region, a history well documented by historical markers throughout the town center. Cambridge was a center of protests during the Civil Rights Movement as local blacks sought equal access to employment and housing. With the passage of the Civil rights Act of 1964, public segregation in Cambridge officially ended. Cambridge has been designated a Maryland Main Street community on July 1, 2003, to strengthen the economic potential of select cities around the state. It is home to the Eastern Shore Baseball Leaguethe Canners, Cardinals, Clippers, and Dodgers. Four different teams in the old Eastern Shore baseball Leagues were located in Cambridge: the Canners, Cardinals and Clippers. It also hosted the U.S. House of Representatives Republican Conference in 2007, which was attended by President Bush and other members of the Republican Party. Cambridge is located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, which is part of the Eastern Seaboard region of the United States. The state's largest city is Frederick, Maryland.


A 4.3 MW solar farm in Cambridge supplies about 40% of the power for the National Aquarium. Cambridge has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. The city has a total area of 12.64 square miles (32.74 km²) According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cambridge is located at 38°3359N 76°437W.Cambridge is on the southern bank of the Choptank River, which runs through the city. The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. Cambridge is home to the American Museum of Natural History, which was founded in 1872. The museum is located on the banks of the river. It is the oldest museum in the United States, having opened in 1874. It was the first museum to be built in the state of New Hampshire. It has a collection of more than 2,000 pieces of art, including a large collection of stained glass windows. It also has a museum of African-American history, which dates back to the 17th century. The National Gallery of America is located in Cambridge, and was established in 1876. The Museum of American Natural History is the largest museum in New Hampshire, with a collection that includes more than 1,000 works of art. It opened in the late 19th century, and is the only one of its kind in the country. The U.N. World Heritage Center is also located in the city, and opened in 1998.


As of the census of 2010, there were 12,326 people, 5,144 households, and 3,040 families residing in the city. Per the 2020 Census, the population was 16,823. The racial makeup of the city was 47.9% Black or African American, 45. 9% White, 0.4% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 2.0% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.9%. The median income for a household in theCity was $25,967. The per capita income for the City was $15,647. About 17.2% of families and 20.3%. of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.6% of those 18 and 18.6 years of age or over. The US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of anyrace. The city has a population of 10,911, with 4,629 households. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size is 2.88. The median age in the City is 37.6. The age distribution of the residents is 24.4%. The city's median income is $25.967, and the median age is 39.2 years. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 78.9 males.

Popular culture

Cambridge was the inspiration of the fictional town Patamoke in James Michener's novel, Chesapeake. In the book, Patmoke is located on a fictitious promontory on the Choptank River, opposite of Cambridge's actual location. Cambridge was also the inspiration for the movie "The Great Gatsby" and the TV series "American Horror Story: Roald Dahl's The Great Detectives" and "The Godfather," among other things. The town was named after the town of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, which was once a colony of the United States. Cambridge is now a suburb of New York City, New York state, and the city is home to the Museum of American History, which is based on Cambridge's former home, the College of William and Mary, which dates back to the 17th century. The city is also known as the site of the Battle of the Bulge, which took place in 1864. It is also the location of the famous battle of Gettysburg, which ended in a bloody battle between the American Revolution and the American Civil War. It was named for the town's founder, William Henry Cambridge, who was born in Cambridge, Virginia, in 1776. The name Cambridge is also used to refer to the town in "The Wizard of Oz," which was based on the book "The Adventures of William Henry, Prince of Wales" by William Shakespeare. The word Cambridge means "bridge" in English and means "town" in French.


U.S. Route 50 bisects Cambridge on its 3,011 mi (4,846 km) journey from Ocean City, Maryland to Sacramento, California. The Cambridge-Dorchester Airport (FAA Identifier: CGE) is a county-owned, public-use airport located just southeast of the city of Cambridge. The Maryland & Delaware Railroad (MDDE), a shortline railroad, provided freight rail service to Cambridge until recently. The line remains in place, though rail service was suspended in May 2016 due to derailment issues along the line south of Hurlock, Maryland. The city had served as the western terminus of the railroad's Seaford Line. The airport is a general aviation facility with a lighted 4,477-foot asphalt runway. It is located near the town of Dorchester, which has a population of about 2,000. The town is home to the University of Maryland, College Park, where the football team is based. The university's football team has a team that is known as the "Cambridge Dukes" The team's mascot is the Camper. The team is nicknamed "The Camper" after the city's mascot, which is also called "Camper" by locals. The Camper Docks are located near Cambridge's eastern city limit, near the Choptank River. They are known as "The Docks" for their resemblance to the Dockside Docks in New York City. The football team also has a baseball team called the "Docksiders".


Cambridge is governed by a mayor and a five-member city commission, who all serve four year terms. In 2008, Victoria Jackson-Stanley was elected mayor, the first woman and the first African-American to hold the position. She would serve three terms before losing to Andrew Bradshaw in a runoff election in 2020. Bradshaw was sworn in as the city's youngest mayor on January 4, 2021, but was arrested on November 15 and charged with fifty counts of distributing revenge porn. On December 13, city commissioners unanimously voted to recommend that the city attorney remove Bradshaw from office. A special election to elect a new mayor was held on August 23, 2022. Former Cambridge commissioner Stephen Rideout won the runoff election with 55 percent of the vote and now is mayor.Dorchester County leans conservative, with Donald Trump winning 54.9% of the votes over Joe Biden's 42.9%. In 2020, Donald Trump won 54.8% of votes over Biden's 40.8%. In 2016, the city voted for a Democratic candidate for mayor, who won with 54.7% of vote. The city voted in favor of a Republican candidate in 2016, who lost with 49.7%. In 2012, the mayor was elected to a four-year term for the first time in his career, and was re-elected in 2016. The current mayor is Andrew T. Brad Shaw, who was elected in 2012 and will serve a second term in 2022. The mayor's term expires in 2023, and the city will hold a special election in 2026.

Horn Point Laboratory

Horn Point Laboratory is home to the largest oyster hatchery on the East Coast. A myth states that in 1699 William Kidd hid treasure, stolen from sugar traders, on land which today is Horn Point Lab. Students and researchers enjoy speculating where the treasure may be. The lab is open to the public and has a range of scientific and research facilities.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Cambridge, Dorchester County, Maryland = 89. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 65. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 99. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Cambridge = 4.2 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 13,096 individuals with a median age of 38.6 age the population grows by 9.33% in Cambridge, Dorchester County, Maryland population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,230.02 residents per square mile of area (474.90/km²). There are average 2.19 people per household in the 5,161 households with an average household income of $32,812 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 11.20% of the available work force and has dropped -5.22% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 18.36%. The number of physicians in Cambridge per 100,000 population = 159.1.


The annual rainfall in Cambridge = 44 inches and the annual snowfall = 13 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 94. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 208. 86 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 28.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 43, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Cambridge, Dorchester County, Maryland which are owned by the occupant = 38.83%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 48 years with median home cost = $181,270 and home appreciation of -4.41%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $9.66 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $6,041 per student. There are 14.7 students for each teacher in the school, 519 students for each Librarian and 333 students for each Counselor. 2.91% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 5.36% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 4.92% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Cambridge's population in Dorchester County, Maryland of 5,747 residents in 1900 has increased 2,28-fold to 13,096 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 53.98% female residents and 46.02% male residents live in Cambridge, Dorchester County, Maryland.

    As of 2020 in Cambridge, Dorchester County, Maryland are married and the remaining 56.91% are single population.

  • 22.1 minutes is the average time that residents in Cambridge require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    71.22% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 18.88% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 2.85% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.00% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Cambridge, Dorchester County, Maryland, 38.83% are owner-occupied homes, another 46.73% are rented apartments, and the remaining 14.44% are vacant.

  • The 40.39% of the population in Cambridge, Dorchester County, Maryland who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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