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Overview of Dorchester

Located just south of Boston (called "Southie" by locals), Dorchester is one of Beantown's fastest-growing communities. The largest neighborhood in the metropolis, it is also one of the most diverse with a heavy population of Irish and Vietnamese residents. With plenty of riverfront amenities and a strong sense of neighborhood pride, it makes sense that so many Massachusetts residents are finding their home in Dorchester apartments for rent. With two city parks within the limits, rentals here will give many of Boston's residents the quality of life they need.

Living in Dorchester, MA

The community of Dorchester was originally one of the largest towns in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, founded in 1630. One of the oldest neighborhoods in Massachusetts, Dorchester remained a rural farming area until it was annexed to Boston in 1870.

Prospective residents thinking about living in Dorchester apartments for rent today have an annual cost of living index that is estimated to be 8.7 percent greater than the rest of Boston and 25.3 percent greater than the national average, reported AreaVibes. The Dorchester community typically pays $3.85 for a gallon of gas, $5.31 for a cup of coffee and $8.99 for pizza, added the source.

Those residents of Dorchester apartments for rent seeking employment opportunities have access to jobs in leading industries such as healthcare, education and finances. As the largest neighborhood in the city of Boston, residents of Dorchester apartments looking for employment opportunities can turn to the largest employers in the greater city of Boston, including the Boston Harbor Hotel, the Institution for Savings, RE/MAX Leading Edge, Fruit Center Marketplace and VNA of Middlesex-East.

Dorchester Attractions and Special Events

Dorchester is home to the Blake House, the oldest surviving home in the Boston area. A great example of 17th century architecture, this home that was once owned by the Blake family until 1825. A variety of residents of apartments for rent in Dorchester saved the home for historic preservation after the city of Boston threatened to demolish it in the late 1800s.

This thriving community is also home to the largest copyrighted work of art in the country. Called the Rainbow Swash, the artist Corita Kent designed and painted this multi-colored piece in 1971, and it has brightened the commute for many Boston residents along Interstate 93 ever since.

To find apartments in Dorchester, check out our apartment listings. Rent.com® is happy to help you find your next home.

Baker Chocolate Factory Apartments - Dorchester, MA 02124
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(2)

Dorchester, MA 02124

$1760 - $2695

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Dorchester, MA (Dorchester, South Dorchester)

(2)

$1760 - $2695

133 Units 0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Adams Village - Dorchester, MA 02122
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(7)

Dorchester, MA 02122

$1410 - $1845

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Dorchester, MA (Dorchester, South Dorchester)

(7)

$1410 - $1845

88 Units 0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Lofts At Lower Mills - Dorchester, MA 02124
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Dorchester, MA 02124

$1500 - $3550

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Dorchester, MA (Mattapan, South Dorchester...)


$1500 - $3550

77 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Nazing Court - Dorchester, MA 02121
31

Dorchester, MA 02121

$974 - $1476

0-3 Beds 1 Bath

Dorchester, MA (Franklin Field North, Roxbury)


$974 - $1476

151 Units 0-3 Beds 1 Bath

The Kensington - Boston, MA 02111
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(5)

Boston, MA 02111

$3515 - $5365

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Downtown)

(5)

$3515 - $5365

381 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Troy Boston - Boston, MA 02118
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Boston, MA 02118

$2525 - $4666

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South End)


$2525 - $4666

378 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Waterside Place Apartments - Boston, MA 02210
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(117)

Boston, MA 02210

$2909 - $7861

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South Boston, West Broadway)

(117)

$2909 - $7861

236 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

West Square - Boston, MA 02127
28

Boston, MA 02127

$2523 - $7164

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South Boston, West Broadway)


$2523 - $7164

255 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Auburn Court - Cambridge, MA 02139
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Cambridge, MA 02139

$2300 - $3700

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport, Central Square)


$2300 - $3700

137 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Flats on D - Boston, MA 02210
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(3)

Boston, MA 02210

$2164 - $5097

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South Boston, West Broadway)

(3)

$2164 - $5097

197 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

eaves Quincy - Quincy, MA 02169
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(333)

Quincy, MA 02169

$1720 - $2130

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (North Commons, Quincy Center)

(333)

$1720 - $2130

245 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Watermark - Cambridge, MA 02142
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Cambridge, MA 02142

$2798 - $4605

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (East Cambridge, Kendall Square)


$2798 - $4605

322 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

AVA Theater District - Boston, MA 02116
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Boston, MA 02116

$2639 - $6400

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Downtown)


$2639 - $6400

398 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

AVA Back Bay - Boston, MA 02199
42

Boston, MA 02199

$2630 - $8800

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Boston, MA (Prudential)


$2630 - $8800

271 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Avalon at Prudential Center - Boston, MA 02199
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(719)

Boston, MA 02199

$2880 - $4545

1-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Boston, MA (Back Bay)

(719)

$2880 - $4545

781 Units 1-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

eaves North Quincy - Quincy, MA 02171
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(167)

Quincy, MA 02171

$1681 - $2357

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (East Milton, Montclair...)

(167)

$1681 - $2357

224 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Watermark Kendall East - Cambridge, MA 02142
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Cambridge, MA 02142

$2310 - $4930

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (East Cambridge, Kendall Square)


$2310 - $4930

144 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avalon Exeter - Boston, MA 02116
7

Boston, MA 02116

$2760 - $11715

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Prudential)


$2760 - $11715

187 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Axiom Apartment Homes - Cambridge, MA 02142
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(4)

Cambridge, MA 02142

$2529 - $5913

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (East Cambridge, Kendall Square)

(4)

$2529 - $5913

115 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Highpoint - Quincy, MA 02169
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Quincy, MA 02169

$1983 - $2585

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (North Commons, Quincy Center)


$1983 - $2585

394 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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