Methuen, Massachusetts

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Methuen (pronounced /mɛˈθjuː.ɛn/) is a city [1] in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 43,789 at the 2000 census.



Methuen was first settled in 1642 and was officially incorporated in 1726; it is named for the British diplomat Sir Paul Methuen.

Geography and transportation

Methuen is located at 42°43′48″N 71°10′46″W / 42.73°N 71.17944°W / 42.73; -71.17944 (42.730040, -71.179352).[2] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.1 square miles (59.8 km²), of which 22.4 square miles (58.0 km²) are land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) (2.95%) are water. The town lies along the north banks of the Merrimack River, and is also bisected by the Spicket (originally "Spigot") River,[3] as well as many brooks and streams. There are several ponds dotting the area as well, and the town is home to a town forest, a bird sanctuary, and a small state park (Tenney State Park). Pine Island, near the southern end of town in the Merrimack River, is also part of the town's land.

Methuen lies along the western edge of Essex County, just south of Rockingham County, New Hampshire. The irregularly-shaped town is bordered by Haverhill to the northeast, North Andover to the east, Lawrence and Andover to the south, Dracut to the west, Pelham, New Hampshire to the northwest, and Salem, New Hampshire to the north. Methuen is located thirty miles north-northwest of Boston, and twenty-five miles south-southeast of Manchester, New Hampshire.

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