Just like how Methuen is a run-off of Lawrence, the southern part of Salem NH is a run-off of Methuen. The northern part is a run-off of Windham and to a lesser extent the seacost. About 95% of Salem residents were born in Lawrence-Methuen, Malden, Revere, or the shitty parts of Boston like Dorchester, so one can see why the town has so many problems. People moving from Mass to Salem to get away from all the shit Mass is in have no idea that all of the shit from Mass spills over into Salem. Salem NH is just NH in name only. All along the town's state border are shops for clothes and liquor. There's also a mall where Lawrence-Methuen people crowd in on sundays. Drugs from L-M frequently make their way into Salem, making Salem the undisputed drug capital of NH.
When I first moved to Salem NH I thought I would be leaving all the bureaucracy, political correctness and street rats behind. Now I realize Salem NH is exactly like Mass.
Person 1: So this is New Hampshire. Where's all the granite, trees, colonial homes and freedom lovers? Why are there so many nanny-staters? And why are the only gun owners Hispanic? This is just like Massachusetts!
Person 2: You're in Salem NH buddy. If you want the real NH drive two hours north up 93 until you're past Concord.
Massachusetts' Gaza Strip: poverty-stricken, war-torn, and full of smelly Arabs.
Combined with Lawrence, this place creates a shithole which reeks up the rest of the Merrimack Valley pretty bad. About 90% of the residents are poor and on welfare. Anyone who says "Methuen is better and richer than Lawrence" has obviously never lived in either. The truth is, Methuen is just a run-off of Lawrence where all the White and slightly richer Hispanic people have gone to live because Lawrence is too crowded. Twenty years ago, it was a giant refugee camp for all the Lebs and various Latino groups trying to escape their fucked up countries, and as one would figure they all ended up bringing their host countries' problems with them. It's not unusual to see Leb families trying to cram their 30+ cousins into the projects in the suburban part or a 12-year old kid selling drugs on Broadway. Methuen's main site of commerce, The Loop, has to be the biggest emo hangout spot in the entire country.
Methuen a great place to live if you love drugs, immigrants, and carjackings.