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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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Quincy, MA 02169

$1825 - $2920

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (Brook Farm, West Roxbury)


$1825 - $2920

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA 02169

From $1657

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (Quincy, Quincy Center)


From $1657

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
37

Quincy, MA 02169

From $1755

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (Quincy, Quincy Center)


From $1755

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
51

Boston, MA 02114

$2275 - $5755

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (West End)


$2275 - $5755

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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333

Quincy, MA 02169

From $1685

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (Quincy, South Quincy)

(333)

From $1685

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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273

Cambridge, MA 02142

From $3090

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, Kendall Square)

(273)

From $3090

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
12
7

Cambridge, MA 02139

From $3450

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, Cambridgeport)

(7)

From $3450

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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7

Cambridge, MA 02139

From $2034

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, Cambridgeport)

(7)

From $2034

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
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35

Cambridge, MA 02139

From $3111

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, Cambridgeport)

(35)

From $3111

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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5

Cambridge, MA 02139

From $3222

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, Cambridgeport)

(5)

From $3222

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Cambridge, MA 02139

$2300 - $3700

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, Cambridgeport)


$2300 - $3700

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
7

Newton, MA 02459

From $3350

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Newton, MA (Newton, Oak Hill)


From $3350

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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94

Cambridge, MA 02142

$2609 - $11085

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge, East Cambridge)

(94)

$2609 - $11085

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Quincy, MA 02169

$1950 - $3278

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Quincy, MA (Quincy, Quincy Center)

(34)

$1950 - $3278

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Boston, MA 02114

From $2310

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Downtown)


From $2310

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
21

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Contact for Pricing

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Jamaica Plain, MA (Jamaica Central - South Sumner, Jamaica Plain)


Contact for Pricing

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
27

Boston, MA 02120

$2455 - $3390

1-2 Beds1 Bath

Boston, MA (Mission Hill)

(27)

$2455 - $3390

1-2 Beds1 Bath
41

Boston, MA 02120

From $2570

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Boston, MA (Mission Hill)


From $2570

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
5

Quincy, MA 02171

$1604 - $2513

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Quincy, MA (North Quincy, Quincy)

(5)

$1604 - $2513

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
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Boston, MA 02215

$1875 - $3200

1-2 Beds1 Bath

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


$1875 - $3200

1-2 Beds1 Bath