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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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Woburn, MA 01801

From $2012

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Woburn, MA (Reading)

(562)

From $2012

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
52
379

Wilmington, MA 01887

From $1895

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Wilmington, MA (North Wilmington, Wilmington)

(379)

From $1895

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
20

Ashland, MA 01721

$1660 - $2680

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Ashland, MA (Ashland)


$1660 - $2680

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
25

Cambridge, MA 02140

From $2585

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, North Cambridge)


From $2585

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
25
1807

Nashua, NH 03060

$1089 - $2901

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Nashua, NH (Southeast Nashua)

(1807)

$1089 - $2901

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Cambridge, MA 02140

$2458 - $4094

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, North Cambridge)


$2458 - $4094

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA 02138

$2060 - $4321

1-3 Beds1 Bath

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, Strawberry Hill)


$2060 - $4321

1-3 Beds1 Bath
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13

Cambridge, MA 02138

From $2205

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, Cambridge Highlands)

(13)

From $2205

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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22

Woburn, MA 01801

$1600 - $1900

1-2 Beds1 Bath

Woburn, MA (Walnut Hill, Woburn)

(22)

$1600 - $1900

1-2 Beds1 Bath
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Cambridge, MA 02140

From $2354

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, North Cambridge)


From $2354

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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361

Newton, MA 02458

From $2135

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Newton, MA (Newton, Newton Highlands)

(361)

From $2135

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
15

Stoneham, MA 02180

From $2095

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Stoneham, MA (Winchester, Winchester Highlands)


From $2095

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
28

Cambridge, MA 02140

From $4299

2-3 Beds2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, North Cambridge)


From $4299

2-3 Beds2 Baths
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472

Needham, MA 02494

From $2705

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Needham, MA (Needham)

(472)

From $2705

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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181

Brighton, MA 02135

$2499 - $7272

2-3 Beds1 Bath

Brighton, MA (Allston)

(181)

$2499 - $7272

2-3 Beds1 Bath
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216

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

From $2895

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Chestnut Hill, MA (Bowen - Thompsonville, Newton)

(216)

From $2895

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA 02138

From $1950

Studio-3 Beds1 Bath

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, Neighborhood Nine)


From $1950

Studio-3 Beds1 Bath
11

Allston, MA 02134

$1955 - $4495

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Allston, MA (Allston)


$1955 - $4495

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Nashua, NH 03062

From $995

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Nashua, NH (Southwest Nashua)


From $995

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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446

Northborough, MA 01532

From $1710

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Northborough, MA (Northborough)

(446)

From $1710

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths