Located 30 miles northwest of Boston, Methuen was incorporated into Massachusetts as a town in 1725, but did not become a city until 1917. Methuen borders the Merrimack River, and is bisected by the Spicket River. Methuen’s rivers allowed for the development of cotton mills, and later the shoe and hat industries, leading to population growth and finally Methuen’s incorporation as a city. Today, Methuen has a population of about 47,000 residents in its 23.1 square mile area. Residents of Methuen may enjoy the local bird sanctuary, or a visit to Forest Lake for swimming, fishing, and canoeing.
Methuen is accessible by I-93, Route 495, and Routes 213, 28, 110, and 113. It is located 30 miles northwest of Boston, and 25 miles southeast of Manchester. Methuen also is served by the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority. Methuen borders Haverhill, North Andover, Lawrence, Andover, Dracut, Pelham (NH), and Salem (NH).