Introduction to Methuen, Massachusetts

Methuen, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is a mile NW of Lawrence, Massachusetts (center to center) and 26 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. It's situated in the lower Merrimack Valley. The central area of town includes prominent granite walls and turrets which were created during the early years. Methuen includes farms and suburbs and urban neighborhoods. Colombo, Nabisco, McKesson and Micro Touch have facilities in the city. It was named in tribute to Sir Paul Methuen, a British diplomat.

Methuen History

The city was a significant factor in the nation's Industrial Revolution. Mills situated along the Spicket River and Spicket Falls produced textiles, shoes and hats. David Nevins, Charles H. Tenney and Edward F. Searles left an architectural legacy that is shown in the schools, mansions, churches, houses and mills.

Methuen and nearby Attractions

  • The Searles, Tenney, Nevins Historic District features distinctive architecture and is regarded as one of the most unique neighborhoods in the state
  • Methuen Memorial Music Hall includes a huge, historic pipe organ
  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
  • Nevins Memorial Library is an impressive looking brick building
  • Peabody Museum
  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site
  • American Textile History Museum
  • Lowell National Historical Park
  • Merrimack Repertory Theatre

Methuen Activities

The New Hampshire lakes, and the Atlantic coast are close enough for day trips. The nearby Harold Parker State Forest is a vast acreage and includes a collection of ponds and offers scenic views of fall foliage. Canobie Lake Park is situated in the region. The Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge is a National Protected Area. The Essex National Heritage Area is located in Essex county and features thousands of historic sites and districts.

Methuen Higher Education

Merrimack College, the University of Massachusetts - Lowell and Rivier College are nearby.

Methuen Almanac

County Essex County
Standard Zip Codes1844
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.74
Approximate Longitude-71.18

Methuen Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance2.2 miles
Jan Temp15 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 57 F
Jul Temp61 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip44 inches
Distance6.9 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.8 inches
Distance12.5 miles
Jan Temp17 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip45.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Methuen Public Libraries

Nevins Memorial Library
Methuen, Massachusetts
(978) 686-4080

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Methuen Hospitals

Caritas Holy Family Hospital And Medical Center
70 East Street

Methuen Public Schools

Comprehensive Grammar School
100 Howe Street
ZIP: 1844
(978) 722-9051
Total Enrollment 1159
Donald P Timony Grammar
45 Pleasant View Street
ZIP: 1844
(978) 722-9001
Total Enrollment 1371
Marsh Grammar School
309 Pelham Street
ZIP: 1844
(978) 722-9076
Total Enrollment 1306
Methuen High
1 Ranger Rd
ZIP: 1844
(978) 722-6040
Total Enrollment 1800
Tenney Grammar School
75 Pleasant Street
ZIP: 1844
(978) 722-9026
Total Enrollment 1317

Methuen Private Schools

Community Kindergarten Of Methuen
90 Broadway
ZIP: 1844
Total Enrollment 7
Fellowship Christian Academy
1 Fellowship Way
ZIP: 1844
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 135
Growing Years
423 Howe St
ZIP: 1844
Total Enrollment 8
Presentation Of Mary Academy
209 Lawrence St
ZIP: 1844
Total Enrollment 147
St Monica School
212 Lawrence St
ZIP: 1844
Total Enrollment 227
The Islamic Academy For Peace
125 Oakland Ave
ZIP: 1844
Total Enrollment 119
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