A running list of the cost to rent in nearly two dozen Mass. cities (Jan. 12)

The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Cambridge is $2,200, according to a report released Tuesday. That's a big drop from 2019. David L. Ryan/Globe staff

The median rental price for a one-bedroom apartment in Cambridge has fallen sharply since this time last year, dropping 20 percent from December 2019 to December 2020, according to a report the Zumper real estate site released Tuesday.

Boston and Brookline landlords didn’t fare much better, with rents falling 17 and 12 percent, respectively. Rents also plummeted in Medford (14.3 percent), Everett (18.4 percent), Waltham (17.5 percent), Malden (15 percent), and Revere (14.2 percent)

Those drops didn’t knock Brookline and Cambridge off their perches as the most expensive for renters; they were tied for first.

Brockton and Lynn saw the biggest year-over-year increases in rent, 19.1 percent and 15.1 percent, respectively, but the “City of Champions” was one of the three least expensive for renters: Worcester, Brockton, and Lowell, in that order.

(Check out: A running list of the cost to rent in every Boston neighborhood.)

The median rent for a one-bedroom unit in Massachusetts was $1,730 in December.

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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