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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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Cambridge, MA 02139

From $3111

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport)


From $3111

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Cambridge, MA 02139

$2300 - $3700

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridgeport, Central Square)


$2300 - $3700

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Cambridge, MA 02142

From $2601

Studio-4 Beds1-3 Baths

Cambridge, MA (East Cambridge, Kendall Square)


From $2601

Studio-4 Beds1-3 Baths
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Cambridge, MA 02142

$2499 - $6619

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (East Cambridge, Kendall Square)

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$2499 - $6619

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Cambridge, MA 02142

$2349 - $13908

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (East Cambridge, Kendall Square)


$2349 - $13908

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Cambridge, MA 02142

From $2945

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (East Cambridge, Kendall Square)


From $2945

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02119

$2100 - $2500

2-3 Beds1 Bath

Boston, MA (Dudley Square, Lower Roxbury...)


$2100 - $2500

2-3 Beds1 Bath
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Boston, MA 02127

From $2140

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South Boston, Telegraph Hill)


From $2140

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02120

$2480 - $3450

1-2 Beds1 Bath

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

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$2480 - $3450

1-2 Beds1 Bath
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Quincy, MA 02171

$1415 - $2136

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Quincy, MA (North Quincy)

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$1415 - $2136

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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Boston, MA 02116

From $2500

1-3 Beds1 Bath

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Boston, MA 02215

From $2733

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Fenway, West Fens)


From $2733

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02116

$1800 - $3200

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath

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Brookline, MA 02446

From $3110

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

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Brookline, MA 02446

From $1650

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Brookline, MA (Egmont Tenants)


From $1650

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02210

From $2527

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (South Boston, West Broadway)

(242)

From $2527

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Brookline, MA 02446

$1695 - $2450

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath