A running list of the cost to rent in Greater Boston (November edition)

Melrose’s quaint downtown makes it a destination for dining and shopping, and the city’s proximity to Boston is also a draw.
Melrose has experienced big increases in rent month over month and year over year, according to a report released Tuesday. Jonathan Wiggs/ Globe Staff

The Eastern Massachusetts city that saw the biggest year-over-year increase in rent in October was Melrose, which experienced a whopping 20.1 percent jump for a one-bedroom apartment, according to a new report by Zumper.

Based on prices found on the real estate website, Cambridge and Boston also saw significant increases: 19.9 percent and 14.5 percent, respectively.

Renters looking for deals could look in Beverly, where prices were down 15.1 percent compared with October 2020. Costs were also down in Beverly (10.4 percent) and Brookline (0.9 percent).
Month-over-month, Melrose, Newton, and Framingham saw the biggest increases in rental costs, roughly 5.2 percent, while Lawrence (-5.1 percent), Beverly (-2.3 percent), and Quincy (-1.9 percent) saw prices drop the most.
The most expensive cities for renters remained Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline (in that order), while the least expensive were Worcester, Haverhill, and Lowell.

The median rent for a one-bedroom unit in Massachusetts was $2,061 in October.

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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