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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.

The Towers at Longfellow - Boston, MA 02114
39

Boston, MA 02114

$2310 - $5385

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Downtown)


$2310 - $5385

710 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Lofts at Kendall Square - Cambridge, MA 02142
18

Cambridge, MA 02142

$3492 - $3652

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (East Cambridge, Kendall Square)


$3492 - $3652

186 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Third Square - Cambridge, MA 02142
21

Cambridge, MA 02142

$2546 - $5594

0-4 Beds 1-3 Baths

Cambridge, MA (East Cambridge, Kendall Square)


$2546 - $5594

292 Units 0-4 Beds 1-3 Baths

Emerson Place - Boston, MA 02114
37

Boston, MA 02114

$2180 - $4310

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Downtown)


$2180 - $4310

444 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Church Corner - Cambridge, MA 02139
11

Cambridge, MA 02139

$3385

2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport, Central Square)


$3385

85 Units 2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Ten Faxon - Quincy, MA 02169
1

Quincy, MA 02169

$1985 - $4714

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (Merrymount, Quincy Center)


$1985 - $4714

200 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Longwood - Boston, MA 02120
24
(27)

Boston, MA 02120

$2480 - $3450

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Boston, MA (Fenway, Medical Center Area...)

(27)

$2480 - $3450

147 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Carson Tower - Boston, MA 02127
15

Boston, MA 02127

$2145 - $4060

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South Boston)


$2145 - $4060

153 Units 1-3 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

CHR - Brighton MA Apartments - Brighton, MA 02135
10

Brighton, MA 02135

$1710 - $3035

0-3 Beds 1 Bath

Brighton, MA (Coolidge Corner)


$1710 - $3035

119 Units 0-3 Beds 1 Bath

Neponset Landing - Quincy, MA 02171
14

Quincy, MA 02171

$1876 - $3352

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (North Quincy)


$1876 - $3352

280 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

CityView at Longwood - Boston, MA 02120
19

Boston, MA 02120

$2165 - $4365

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Fenway, Medical Center Area...)


$2165 - $4365

295 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

100 Memorial Drive Apts. - Cambridge, MA 02142
12

Cambridge, MA 02142

$1930 - $3910

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Kendall Square, MIT)


$1930 - $3910

262 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

91 Sidney - Cambridge, MA 02139
15

Cambridge, MA 02139

$2655 - $8012

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport)


$2655 - $8012

135 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

KBL - Cambridge, MA 02139
16

Cambridge, MA 02139

$2549 - $4195

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport, Central Square)


$2549 - $4195

142 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

660 Washington - Boston, MA 02111
17

Boston, MA 02111

$3190 - $6928

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Boston, MA (Downtown)


$3190 - $6928

420 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

808 Memorial Drive - Cambridge, MA 02139
25

Cambridge, MA 02139

$2050 - $3025

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport)


$2050 - $3025

301 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

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

Ink Block - Boston, MA 02118
25

Boston, MA 02118

$2629 - $4664

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South End)


$2629 - $4664

315 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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