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Overview of Acton

Acton is a small suburban community in Middlesex County, Mass. Situated about 25 miles northwest of Boston, residents of Acton are in an ideal spot for quiet suburban living without having to give up all the amenities of a major metropolitan area. Although the population has nearly tripled in the past three decades, the community still retains the small-town charm that so many have cherished. Boasting beautiful historic architecture and tree-lined country roads, the scenic town still thrives because of its location.

With easy access to Routes 2, 27, 11, and 495, residents can travel virtually anywhere with ease. Acton apartments for rent are perfect for those working downtown who prefer the simple lifestyle of a rural New England town. According to City-Data, the population of Acton in 2009 was around 21,200 residents.

Living in Acton, MA

The community of Acton began as four early land grants in the 1600s. By 1730, there were roughly two dozen settlers in the area, and five years later Acton was incorporated as a town. The agricultural community had several gristmills and sawmills that were necessary, along with Faulkner Mills, an original large-scale manufacturer of woolen clothing in the country. By the 1870s, other industries came to the area and products were shipped across the country.

Acton remained a farming community until the 1950s when development turned much of the land into neighborhoods. At the time, Acton was made up of three different villages: Acton Center, West Acton and South Acton, which eventually changed to the current form of government.

Acton Attractions and Special Events

Residents of Acton are so close to Boston and the city’s many events that there is no excuse for boredom. Living in Acton apartments offers the diverse attractions available in Boston such as the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, the Fisherman’s Feast, and the Boston Arts Festivals. Being so close to downtown also means that a day trip to a historical landmark like the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum or Fenway Park are very feasible.

To find your next rental apartment or house in Acton, take a look at our listings on Rent.com®.

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Cambridge, MA 02138

From $2190

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge Highlands)

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From $2190

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Cambridge, MA 02140

From $2260

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (North Cambridge)


From $2260

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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(361)

Newton, MA 02458

From $2410

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Newton, MA (Newton Highlands)

(361)

From $2410

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Cambridge, MA 02140

From $1930

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Cambridge, MA (Neighborhood Nine)


From $1930

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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(146)

Brighton, MA 02135

$2592 - $10353

2-3 Beds1 Bath

Brighton, MA (Allston, North Allston)

(146)

$2592 - $10353

2-3 Beds1 Bath
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(216)

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

From $3267

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Chestnut Hill, MA (Thompsonville)

(216)

From $3267

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Nashua, NH 03062

$895 - $1325

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Nashua, NH (Southwest Nashua)


$895 - $1325

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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(446)

Northborough, MA 01532

From $1630

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Northborough, MA (Northborough)

(446)

From $1630

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
14

Malden, MA 02148

$1835 - $2705

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Malden, MA (Malden Center)


$1835 - $2705

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
16

Cambridge, MA 02139

From $2490

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport)


From $2490

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
21

Cambridge, MA 02139

From $2742

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport)


From $2742

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
21

Cambridge, MA 02139

From $2862

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport)


From $2862

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
21

Cambridge, MA 02139

From $2650

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport)


From $2650

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
31

Cambridge, MA 02139

$2300 - $3700

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport)


$2300 - $3700

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
12

Cambridge, MA 02139

From $2697

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport)


From $2697

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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(336)

Shrewsbury, MA 01545

From $1550

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Shrewsbury, MA (Shrewsbury)

(336)

From $1550

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
19

Somerville, MA 02145

From $2570

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Somerville, MA (Mystic River)


From $2570

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
28

Somerville, MA 02145

From $2055

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Somerville, MA (Mystic River)


From $2055

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
27

Cambridge, MA 02142

From $2480

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths