A running list of the cost to rent in nearly 2 dozen Mass. cities (Oct. edition)

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Lowell is one of the cities that experienced a significant year-over-year jump in rental prices for a one-bedroom. Barry Chin/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 18.7 percent year over year, according to a report the Zumper real estate site released Oct. 5. The report analyzed active listings that hit the market in September, aggregating them by city to calculate the median asking rents.

Melrose and Lowell also experienced significant jumps in rent prices year over year: 12.2 percent and 11 percent, respectively. The cities registering the most dramatic drops in rent year over year were Medford (-12.2 percent), Beverly (-10.4 percent), and Malden (-7.2 percent).

The biggest jumps in rent from August to September were in Framingham and Melrose (both 4.9 percent), followed by Waltham and Boston (both 4.8 percent). The most marked drops were in Salem (-5.1 percent), Beverly (-4.9 percent), and Medford (-3.9 percent).

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

The median rent for a one-bedroom unit in Massachusetts was $1,969 in September.

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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