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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 02115

From $3735

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths

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


From $3735

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths
64

Boston, MA 02118

$2234 - $9212

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South End)

(64)

$2234 - $9212

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02115

From $1419

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

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


From $1419

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
76

Boston, MA 02215

From $2627

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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

(76)

From $2627

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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56

Boston, MA 02199

From $2310

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Boston, MA (Back Bay)

(56)

From $2310

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
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719

Boston, MA 02199

From $2415

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Boston, MA (Back Bay)

(719)

From $2415

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
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Boston, MA 02116

From $3380

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Back Bay)


From $3380

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
6

Boston, MA 02115

$1600 - $6500

Studio-4 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Back Bay)


$1600 - $6500

Studio-4 Beds1-2 Baths
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77

Boston, MA 02210

From $2463

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

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

(77)

From $2463

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
8

Boston, MA 02116

$2250 - $2600

1 Bed1 Bath

Boston, MA (Back Bay)


$2250 - $2600

1 Bed1 Bath

Roslindale, MA 02131

$1380 - $2876

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

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


$1380 - $2876

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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8

Boston, MA 02111

From $2740

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Downtown)

(8)

From $2740

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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130

Boston, MA 02116

From $2500

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Chinatown - Leather District)

(130)

From $2500

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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139

Boston, MA 02111

From $3116

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Chinatown - Leather District)

(139)

From $3116

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02116

$1900 - $2550

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath

Boston, MA (Chinatown - Leather District)


$1900 - $2550

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath
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171

Boston, MA 02210

From $2868

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

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

(171)

From $2868

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
23

Brookline, MA 02446

$2705 - $6050

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Brookline, MA (Brookline, Coolidge Corner)


$2705 - $6050

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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318

Boston, MA 02210

From $2565

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

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

(318)

From $2565

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
56
13

Boston, MA 02210

$2725 - $7400

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Downtown)

(13)

$2725 - $7400

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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140

Boston, MA 02210

From $2596

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

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

(140)

From $2596

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths