An In-Depth Look at the Massachusetts Rental Market: September Edition


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Where can renters get the best deals? In addition to the Boston neighborhood division.

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The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Massachusetts was $2,500 last month. Adobe Stock

The median rental price for a one-bedroom apartment in Massachusetts was 19% higher in August than it was in August 2021, according to A recent report from ApartmentAdvisor.com.

ApartmentAdvisor, the property listings website, analyzes properties on its website to come up with its findings.

The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Massachusetts was $2,500 last month.

Meanwhile, the median one-bedroom rent has risen to $2,980 in Cambridge, the most expensive community for renters in Massachusetts. This reflects a 19.5% year-over-year change.

Boston ranked second in the list of the most expensive rental markets in the Commonwealth for a one-bedroom apartment, according to the report. The median rent in Boston in that category in August was $2,880, which reflects a whopping 28% increase over this time last year and an 8.7% increase per month.

Medford ranked third with an average rent of $2,749, followed by Melrose, Brooklyn and Newton. (Note: For large inventory shifts, such as opening a large multi-family development to leaseholds, the website considers “the weighted average price of similar units on the same property versus including each individual unit.”)

The good news for renters? Some communities have seen a significant drop in average rent. So if you’re looking for one-bedroom deals, head west of Boston to Shrewsbury (-15.5%), Waltham (-14%), Framingham (-13.5%), and Natick (-10.6%).

For details by Boston neighborhood and studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom rentals in select communities across the state, see below:

Next to Boston:

Neighborhood studio 1 bed 2 beds 3 beds
allston $2100 3100 dollars $3,538 4400 dollars
back bye 3000 Dollars 3700 dollars $5,931 7999 USD
hill beacon $2250 USD $2,825 3850 USD *
Brighton 1,823 USD $2,212 $2700 3700 dollars
Charlestown 2,960 USD 3,150 USD $4,442 4800 dollars
Dorchester * 3100 dollars $2600 3100 dollars
downtown 3,390 USD $4,019 $5,167 $6,368
East Boston * 2500 dollars 3000 Dollars $3600
Fenway $2700 $3200 5115 dollars *
Hyde Park * * $2300 3300 dollars
Jamaica Plain $3,090 USD 3250 USD $3,709 $3,325
North End * $3,338 USD $4225 5700 dollars
Roslindal * 1,975 USD 2525 USD 3100 dollars
Roxbury * $2100 $2900 $3200
Harbor $3,425 $4,115 4873 dollars *
South Boston 3300 dollars $3,739 $4,492 $4500
West End 2,865 USD 3850 USD $5157 $6,368
West Roxbury * $2,655 $2950 USD $3200

studio:

social communication Average rent 1 month change 1 year change
Cambridge 2560 USD 3.6% 32.4%
Boston $2,248 8.3% 24.9%
Quincy $2,147 15.3% 11.7%
Brooklyn $2,116 1% 21.1%
Somerville 1819 USD -4.2% 10.3%
Worcester 1250 USD -2% 8.7%
Mass. $2100 4% 10.3%

1 bedroom:

social communication Average rent 1 month change 1 year change
Cambridge $2,980 1.8% 19.5%
Boston 2880 USD 8.7% 28%
Medford $2,749 21.4% 57.1%
Melrose 2,731 USD -0.1% 45.7%
Brooklyn $2,725 USD 4.8% 24.1%
Newton $2,648 4.2% 39.3%
Everett $2,634 -5.1% 4.8%
Waltham 2545 USD -14% 8.3%
respect 2538 USD 8.4% 30.7%
Beverly 2500 dollars 7.3% 34.4%
Winthrop 2500 dollars 0% 57.5%
natick $2,493 -10.6% -3.3%
Watertown $2,493 -8.5% 26.2%
Chelsea $2,373 4.4% 35.2%
Somerville $2,344 1.9% 11.6%
braintree $2340 USD 0.2% 10.2%
Quincy $2,286 -2.2% 27%
Lexington $2250 USD -4.3% 0%
Marlboro $2220 -7.6% 4%
Weymouth $2,153 1.9% 2.5%
Norwood $2,133 1.5% 12.5%
and Bern $2100 -2.3% 14.7%
Arlington $2100 -4.5% 12%
Malden 2000 dollars 9.6% 23.1%
howl 1940 USD 3.5% 21.3%
Marblehead 1925 USD -3.8%
flexible 1850 USD 0% -1.5%
Framingham $1,762 -13.5% 9.3%
safe 1700 dollars -9.6% 5%
Shrewsbury 1695 USD -15.5% -10.7%
Worcester $1,661 2.2% 18.6%
Haverhill 1,543 USD -3.6% 10.2%
Val . River 1448 USD -2.2% 28.7%
Luminster $1,376 11.9% 9.2%
Springfield 1250 USD 8.7% 12.4%
Gardner $1150 0% 2.9%
Mass. 2500 dollars 0.4% 19%

two bedrooms:

social communication Average rent 1 month change 1 year change
Cambridge $3,732 6.8% 30.5%
Waltham $3,484 -4% 36.6%
natick $3,387 -3.5% 47.2%
Melrose $3,331 1% 41.7%
Boston $3200 6.7% 23.1%
Brooklyn $3200 0.6% 20.8%
braintree $3,014 USD 6.6% 22.5%
Plymouth 2907 US dollars -17% -29.4%
Somerville $2900 3.6% 17.5%
canton $2,878 0.1% 26.2%
Peabody $2,815 10.4% 11.1%
Framingham USD 2795 -0.2% 35.8%
and Bern $2,792 -0.1% 35.1%
Arlington $2,792 -0.3% 9.6%
Winthrop USD 2788 7.2% 39.4%
stuton $2,755 USD 14.3% 46.1%
Norwood $2700 0% 14.8%
Chelsea $2,697 0.4% 38.3%
Weymouth $2,691 5.5% 22.3%
respect $2,680 -0.7% 24.6%
Quincy $2650 -1.8% 32.5%
Marlboro $2,627 -11.2% -4.4%
Medford $2600 2.2% 18.2%
Belmont $2600 0% 13%
Newton $2600 1.1% 8.3%
Watertown $2600 -3.7% 11.9%
Chelmsford 2,515 USD 10.5% 35.6%
Malden $2,425 -11.8% 18.4%
Beverly $2400 -11.9% 26.5%
Gloucester $2350 USD -5.1%
safe $2350 USD -2.1% 6.8%
flexible $2300 8.9% 9.7%
howl 1999 dollars -0.1% 18.4%
Haverhill 1900 dollars 0% 8.6%
Brockton 1,888 USD 9.4% 15.3%
Worcester 1800 dollars 1.4% 5.9%
Luminster 1678 USD 10% 17.8%
Val . River $1400 -9.3% 12%
Springfield 1300 dollars 0% 18.7%
Mass. $2850 1.1% 16.3%

Click on the map below to see the average monthly rent in select Massachusetts communities:

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