This Interactive MBTA Map Shows the Average Rent for Each T Stop

Zoom, click, and drag your cursor to see some depressing figures.

Every year, a new MBTA map correlated with average rent prices comes out, and every year, it offers a frightening, color-coded look at rising housing costs in the city.

In a new analysis, apartment rental search engine RentHop visualized Boston’s rent prices at each T stop on an interactive map, so users can zoom, click, and drag their cursors to see a selection of depressing numbers and figures. Stops are highlighted by a designated color based on the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment. Green-dotted stops are on the low end of the chart ($1,900 and below), white dots are in the middle ($2,200 and up), and pink, red, and purple dots signify the highest rents in town ($2,600, $2,950, and $3,300 and higher, respectively).

To crunch the numbers, researchers bundled about 30 listings within 1/8 of a mile of a T stop, then calculated the median rent. Overall, RentHop notes one-bedroom rents in Boston are up 3.6 percent year over year. Rents shot up at 101 stops across all of the lines, with the highest increase at the Maverick stop on the Blue Line. It increased by 10.5 percent, and now asks an average of $2,105 per month.

Rents decreased at only 23 stops, thanks in part to added supply in the form of new developments. They went down the most on the Green Line’s Blandford Street stop, dropping 8.5 percent to $2,525. Assembly Row, which added hundreds of new units this year, decreased 8.3 percent to $2,210 per month.

The highest rent of all can be found at Arlington, which asks an average $3,680 per month. The lowest median rents surround Airport Station on the Blue Line at $1,495, followed by Fields Corner on the Red Line at $1,500.

While not surprising, the report also found that traveling a few stops further from downtown can result in monthly savings. Moving from the Orange Line’s Community College stop to Sullivan Square and moving from the Green Line’s Longwood to Brookline Village both cut down rent by $860 per month.

RentHop’s handy map is a vivid reminder that rent keeps on going up. Where the train of rising rents will stop remains to be seen.


Madeline Bilis Associate Editor at Boston Magazine @madelinebilis
mbilis@bostonmagazine.com