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Come Home to Cambridge, it's not so big to lose its sense of community. With 18,400 residents and growing, Cambridge is large enough to have access to all the facilities and services needed by a modern New Zealand town.

Usually working close to home, Cambridge people make the most of their life away from work.

A 2010 survey revealed that four out of 10 people exercise for more than 30 minutes a day and four more do so two to four times a week. The town is home to dozens of sports clubs and is a regional hub for many interests and regularly hosts national tournaments. It's often called the Equine Capital of New Zealand because of its association with horse breeders and trainers, its Olympic champion eventers and the residents who just get down to the Cambridge Raceway for a flutter on the harness racers and the greyhounds.

The locals take a pride in the way their town looks. It's been The Town of Trees for more than a century, as members of the Tree Trust and other volunteers maintain the planting programme that has seen thousands of rare and exotic trees grown in parks and along streets, turning Cambridge into a natural kaleidoscope of colour as the seasons change.

Cambridge residents celebrate the achievements of their own. Waipa calls itself the Home of Champions and Cambridge relishes the fact it has produced Olympic and world champions for sports such as rowing, cycling, BMX and equestrian as well as members of national athletics, rugby, soccer and polo teams.

Our champions are not just sporting - we've been the home for innovative thinkers (such as eminent mathematician Sir Vaughan Jones) and global businesses (such as Fonterra and Car Park Technologies). Top entertainers such as rock band The Datsuns and comedian, the late Billy T.James, have called Cambridge their home.

It's easy for visitors to admire the town's appearance and to be aware of its high achievers. Less obvious, but just as important to the town's success, are the people, many of them volunteers, who work to provide the town with a huge range of community services, whether they exist for fun or to help people in their time of need.

The average age of Cambridge residents is 38, compared to the national average of 35. About 15% of locals were born outside of New Zealand (compared to 23% nationally).

We have slightly more women (51%) than men (49%) living here and the average household income (at the last Census) was $54,000, which is 6% more than the national average.

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