A running list of the cost to rent in Eastern Mass. (Aug. 4)

A train moves above the Lechmere T stop.
A train moves above the Lechmere T stop in Cambridge, which was the priciest city for renters last month despite a 3.2 percent drop in the median rent. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Brockton may have seen the largest month-over-month increase in rent in July, but it was still one of the least expensive cities for renters, according to a report the Zumper real estate search site released Tuesday. The median cost of a one-bedroom in the City of Champions jumped 15.3 percent in June to $1,360.

Lawrence logged the second-biggest increase (15.2 percent), with Lowell (9.3 percent) not far behind. Cambridge, Brookline, and Boston were ranked the most expensive communities for renters. Joining Brockton, the least costly were Haverhill and Worcester.

The median rent for a one-bedroom unit in Massachusetts was $1,851 in July.

(See what it costs to rent in every Boston neighborhood.)

Here’s how several communities stacked up for the cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment and the percentage change year over year:

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