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

A view of the front of Lawrence City Hall.
A view of city hall in Lawrence, where the median rental price for a one-bedroom unit is 15.7 percent higher than it was at this time last year. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Lawrence continues to see the most dramatic increases in rent, with the median price for a one-bedroom in the “gateway city” rising 5.1 percent from July to August and 15.7 year over year, according to a report the Zumper real estate site released Sept. 2. The report analyzed active listings that hit the market in August, aggregating them by city to calculate the median asking rents.

The biggest jumps in rent from July to August were in Everett and Brockton (both 5.2 percent) and Lawrence and Melrose (both 5.1 percent). In addition to Lawrence, the other city with the largest year-over-year rent increase was Woburn (14.9 percent), which registered a higher median rent for a one-bedroom last month than Brookline by $40.

The most expensive cities for renters remained Cambridge and Boston, in that order, while the least expensive were Haverhill, Brockton, and Lowell.

The median rent for a one-bedroom unit in Massachusetts was $1,911 in August.

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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