A running list of the cost to rent in more than a dozen Mass. cities (Jan. edition)

Melrose’s quaint downtown makes it a destination for dining and shopping, and the city’s proximity to Boston is also a draw.
Prices are climbing in Melrose. Jonathan Wiggs/ Globe Staff

The Eastern Massachusetts city that saw the biggest year-over-year increase in rent in December was Melrose, which experienced a 24.4 percent jump for a one-bedroom apartment, according to a new report by Zumper.

Based on prices found on the real estate website, Salem and Malden weren’t far behind, with significant increases of 24.2 percent and 23.9 percent, respectively.

Renters looking for deals could search in Beverly, where prices were down 10.3 percent compared with December 2020. Costs were also down in Brockton (-6.6 percent), Haverhill (-6.1 percent), and Medford (-5.2 percent).
Month-over-month, however, Melrose and Medford saw the biggest jump in rent (5.2 percent), followed by Cambridge and Newton (5 percent). Framingham and Lowell saw prices drop the most, 4.7 and 3.6 percent respectively.
The most expensive cities for renters remained Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline (in that order), while the least expensive were Brockton, Worcester, and Haverhill.

The median rent for a one-bedroom unit in Massachusetts was $2,030 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:

December 2021

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December 2020