A running list of the cost to rent in 22 Mass. cities (Sept. 10)

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A view of Boston skyline.
The median rent in Boston has dropped 8 percent year over year, according to a new report. David L Ryan/Globe Staff file

Although Cambridge’s median rent dropped 2.9 percent month over month, the city remained the most expensive community for renters in August, according to a report Zumper released Wednesday. Brookline ranked a close second, and Boston, which saw a 2.1 percent decrease, was third.

What may be even more telling — and a sign of pandemic pricing — is that the median rents in Cambridge and Boston dropped 9.6 percent and 8 percent year over year, respectively.

The median rent for a one-bedroom unit in Massachusetts was $1,839 in August.

(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 month over month and year over year:

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