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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.

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
16

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

$990 - $1476

0-3 Beds 1 Bath

Dorchester, MA (Franklin Field North, Roxbury)


$990 - $1476

151 Units 0-3 Beds 1 Bath

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

Dorchester, MA 02124

$1750 - $2525

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Dorchester, MA (Dorchester, South Dorchester)

(2)

$1750 - $2525

133 Units 0-2 Beds 1 Bath

The Kensington - Boston, MA 02111
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Boston, MA 02111

$3580 - $5325

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Downtown)


$3580 - $5325

381 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Flats on D - Boston, MA 02210
40

Boston, MA 02210

$2264 - $5006

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South Boston, West Broadway)


$2264 - $5006

197 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Waterside Place Apartments - Boston, MA 02210
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(107)

Boston, MA 02210

$3056 - $6905

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South Boston, West Broadway)

(107)

$3056 - $6905

236 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Highpoint - Quincy, MA 02169
26

Quincy, MA 02169

$1962 - $2805

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (North Commons, Quincy Center)


$1962 - $2805

394 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

West Square - Boston, MA 02127
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Boston, MA 02127

$2425 - $5516

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South Boston, West Broadway)


$2425 - $5516

255 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Fenway Diamonds At 9 Miner Street - Boston, MA 02215
1

Boston, MA 02215

$2140 - $4630

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Fenway, Kenmore)


$2140 - $4630

48 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Auburn Court - Cambridge, MA 02139
31

Cambridge, MA 02139

$2200 - $3700

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport, Central Square)


$2200 - $3700

137 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Piano Craft Guild - Boston, MA 02118
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(3)

Boston, MA 02118

$2300 - $4400

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Mission Hill, South End)

(3)

$2300 - $4400

177 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

315 on A - Boston, MA 02210
22

Boston, MA 02210

$2595 - $5315

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Fort Point, South Boston...)


$2595 - $5315

202 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

One Greenway - Boston, MA 02111
5

Boston, MA 02111

Contact for Pricing

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Boston, MA (Chinatown)


Contact for Pricing

217 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Troy Boston - Boston, MA 02118
6

Boston, MA 02118

$2675 - $4666

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South End)


$2675 - $4666

378 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Burbank Apartments - Boston, MA 02115
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Boston, MA 02115

$1664 - $3935

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Boston, MA (Fenway)


$1664 - $3935

173 Units 0-2 Beds 1 Bath

The Parkside Luxury Apartments - Boston, MA 02115
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(4)

Boston, MA 02115

$1550 - $3600

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Stony Brook Commons - Roslindale, MA 02131
26

Roslindale, MA 02131

$1101 - $2409

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Roslindale, MA (Metropolitan Hill, Roslindale)


$1101 - $2409

540 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Arlington - Boston, MA 02116
6

Boston, MA 02116

$3425 - $7695

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Chinatown)


$3425 - $7695

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

James Court - Boston, MA 02118
8

Boston, MA 02118

$2360 - $3795

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South End)


$2360 - $3795

136 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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