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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.

Metro Marina Bay - Quincy, MA 02171
12

Quincy, MA 02171

$1830 - $2936

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (North Quincy, Squantum)


$1830 - $2936

141 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

660 Washington - Boston, MA 02111
17

Boston, MA 02111

$2650 - $7063

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Boston, MA (Downtown)


$2650 - $7063

420 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Quincy Commons - Quincy, MA 02171
22
(3)

Quincy, MA 02171

$1233 - $2465

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Quincy, MA (North Quincy)

(3)

$1233 - $2465

232 Units 0-2 Beds 1 Bath

CHR Brookline Properties - Brookline, MA 02446
12

Brookline, MA 02446

$1350 - $2850

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Brookline, MA (Egmont Tenants)


$1350 - $2850

281 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Hancock Village - Brookline, MA 02445
32
(9)

Brookline, MA 02445

$1880 - $3335

1-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Brookline, MA (Brook Farm, Chestnut Hill...)

(9)

$1880 - $3335

789 Units 1-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Ten Faxon - Quincy, MA 02169
1

Quincy, MA 02169

$1637 - $2905

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (Merrymount, Quincy Center)


$1637 - $2905

200 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Church Corner - Cambridge, MA 02139
11

Cambridge, MA 02139

$3190 - $3265

2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport, Central Square)


$3190 - $3265

85 Units 2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Quarry Hills - Quincy, MA 02169
17

Quincy, MA 02169

$2090 - $3186

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (West Quincy)


$2090 - $3186

316 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Lincoln Heights - Quincy, MA 02169
13

Quincy, MA 02169

$1560 - $2075

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (Quincy Center, South Quincy)


$1560 - $2075

336 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Ridgecrest Village - West Roxbury, MA 02132
22

West Roxbury, MA 02132

$1150 - $2195

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

West Roxbury, MA (East Dedham, Upper Washington...)


$1150 - $2195

335 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Princeton on Beacon Street - Brookline, MA 02446
2

Brookline, MA 02446

$1360 - $2030

0-1 Bed 1 Bath

Neponset Landing - Quincy, MA 02171
14

Quincy, MA 02171

$1858 - $3084

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (North Quincy)


$1858 - $3084

280 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Parmelee Court Homes - Boston, MA 02118
14

Boston, MA 02118

$1850 - $3100

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South End)


$1850 - $3100

78 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Carson Tower - Boston, MA 02127
15

Boston, MA 02127

$2185 - $3435

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South Boston)


$2185 - $3435

153 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Castle Square - Boston, MA 02116
31

Boston, MA 02116

$2900

3 Beds 1 Bath

THE VAN NESS - Boston, MA 02215
8

Boston, MA 02215

$2895 - $5311

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Fenway, West Fens)


$2895 - $5311

172 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Dexter Park - Brookline, MA 02446
7

Brookline, MA 02446

$1950 - $4000

1-3 Beds 1 Bath

Towne House Apartments - Quincy, MA 02169
12

Quincy, MA 02169

$1100 - $1550

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Quincy, MA (Merrymount)


$1100 - $1550

84 Units 0-2 Beds 1 Bath

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