The first settlement was created in Cambridge in 1631, and quickly after in 1836, it became the site for Newe College, which was originally founded to train the colonies' ministers. Established as an educational hub, the city is home to a range of recognized institutions of higher learning beyond Harvard and MIT. Other schools include Cambridge College, Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Episcopal Divinity School, Hult International Business School, Lesley University, Longy School of Music, Le Cordon Bleu School College of Culinary Arts in Boston and the historical women's Radcliffe College. Out of the 780 Nobel Prize winners, at least 129 have had affiliation with the universities. The Cambridge Public School District has a number of elementary and upper schools that follow a vast range of educational philosophies and designs. Additionally, there are three public high schools available to students along with a variety of public charter schools. There is also a number of of reputable private institutions for school age children.

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Named after England's University of Cambridge and located in the Boston Metropolitan area, Cambridge is home to two of the most renowned universities in the world, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The city is the state's fifth most populated city with a population of 105, 162. Known as the "City of Squares," Cambridge's major commercial districts are arranged in squares created by important street intersections. The established squares include Central Square, Kendall Square, Porter Square, Harvard Square, Inman Square and Lechmere Square. The city's residential areas border these squares but are not arranged in the same way, and there are a number of residential housing options.

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