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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.

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Dorchester, MA 02122

From $1660

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Dorchester, MA (Ashmont, Dorchester)

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From $1660

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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152

Boston, MA 02114

$2589 - $27968

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Downtown)

(152)

$2589 - $27968

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Cambridge, MA 02142

$2459 - $26586

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, East Cambridge)

(37)

$2459 - $26586

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

From $2155

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Jamaica Plain, MA (Jamaica Central - South Sumner, Jamaica Plain)


From $2155

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02125

$2238 - $5137

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Columbia Point, Dorchester)


$2238 - $5137

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Quincy, MA 02171

From $2431

Studio-4 Beds1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (Marina Bay, Quincy)


From $2431

Studio-4 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA 02125

$2300 - $3500

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Columbia Point, Dorchester)


$2300 - $3500

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA 02120

From $2365

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Mission Hill)


From $2365

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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167

Quincy, MA 02171

From $1850

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (Montclair, Quincy)

(167)

From $1850

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02127

From $2350

1-3 Beds1 Bath

Boston, MA (South Boston, Telegraph Hill)

(3)

From $2350

1-3 Beds1 Bath
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Boston, MA 02130

$2130 - $6096

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Mission Hill)


$2130 - $6096

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02118

$2500 - $4600

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Lower Roxbury, Roxbury)

(3)

$2500 - $4600

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02118

From $3950

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South End)


From $3950

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA 02127

$2400 - $4800

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (D Street - West Broadway, South Boston)


$2400 - $4800

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02118

From $2550

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South End)

(2)

From $2550

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
60

South Boston, MA 02127

$2420 - $6200

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

South Boston, MA (D Street - West Broadway, South Boston)


$2420 - $6200

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02118

$2061 - $6397

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South End)

(64)

$2061 - $6397

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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4

Boston, MA 02115

$1600 - $3600

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Boston, MA (Fenway, Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood)

(4)

$1600 - $3600

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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173

Boston, MA 02116

From $3499

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Back Bay)

(173)

From $3499

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA 02115

$2600 - $5400

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Fenway, Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood)


$2600 - $5400

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths