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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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Boston, MA 02118

$2382 - $5961

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Shawmut, South End)


$2382 - $5961

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02115

From $1901

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

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


From $1901

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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Boston, MA 02199

From $2490

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Boston, MA (Back Bay, Prudential - St. Botolph)

(56)

From $2490

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
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(719)

Boston, MA 02199

From $2490

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Boston, MA (Back Bay, Prudential - St. Botolph)

(719)

From $2490

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
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Boston, MA 02116

From $2960

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Back Bay, Prudential - St. Botolph)


From $2960

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02115

$1600 - $6500

Studio-4 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Back Bay, Back Bay West)


$1600 - $6500

Studio-4 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02210

From $2324

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

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

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From $2324

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02116

$2250 - $2600

1 Bed1 Bath

Boston, MA (Back Bay, Back Bay East)


$2250 - $2600

1 Bed1 Bath
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Roslindale, MA 02131

$1456 - $3425

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Roslindale, MA (Metropolitan Hill - Beach Street, Roslindale)


$1456 - $3425

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02111

From $2463

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Downtown)

(8)

From $2463

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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(130)

Boston, MA 02116

From $2354

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Chinatown - Leather District)

(130)

From $2354

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02210

From $2545

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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


From $2545

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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(130)

Boston, MA 02111

From $2549

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Chinatown - Leather District)

(130)

From $2549

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Boston, MA 02111

From $2400

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Boston, MA (Chinatown - Leather District)


From $2400

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
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(135)

Boston, MA 02210

From $2614

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (D Street - West Broadway, Seaport District...)

(135)

From $2614

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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(277)

Boston, MA 02210

From $2525

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (D Street - West Broadway, Seaport District...)

(277)

From $2525

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Quincy, MA 02169

From $1905

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (Blue Hills Reservation)


From $1905

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02210

$2725 - $7200

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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Boston, MA 02210

From $3022

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Boston, MA (D Street - West Broadway, Seaport District...)

(140)

From $3022

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
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Quincy, MA 02169

$1825 - $2920

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (Brook Farm, West Roxbury)


$1825 - $2920

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths