Working class town (excluding North Salem, which is ultra-rich) in southern New Hampshire which borders Windham, Pelham, Atkinson, and Methuen, Massachusetts. The town's main attractions are Canobie Lake Park and the Rockingham Mall, both of which are visited far more often by people from Lawrence MA. As well as a mall, there's three main plazas: one with Shaw's, Bob's Discount Furniture, and TJ Maxx; one with Market Basket, Kmart, and Staples; and one with Target, BJ's Wholesale, Marshall's, Home Depot, as well as the last remaining Demoulas supermarket (which basically is Market Basket except it sells imitation brand foods at prices so cheap that anyone from Lawrence can buy them). The town also has a liquor store on the border. Drugs from Lawrence-Methuen-Lowell are rampant and the high school is known to have one of the highest frequencies of drug and alcohol usage amongst high schools in the state.
Salem, NH: if Nashua is New Hampshire's shithole, Salem is the feces.
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Lame place to grow up with good shopping
Rockingham Mall in Salem, NH
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A small town shaped like a glove. Thats how we remember how to find ourselves on large maps. There all a lot of road and a lot of pot-holes. There's also a lot of pot. The town is divided into two parts, North Salem and South Salem. They should divide the town in two seperate towns because the Northern part is rich, the Southern part is influenced by drugs and is pretty much like a part of Massachussetts. The school systems are great, until you reach High School. Salem High School is great education wise, but is the number one drug trafficing school in NH. On a good note, Salem was ranked the 85th best town to live in, in 2007 according to CNNMoney.com. On Saturday you rarely see a NH license plate, there are soo many Mass cars. That because we have no sales tax. Salem is popular for its mall.
Kid 1: I wanna live in Salem NH

Salem Resident: No you dont buddy.
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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.

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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.
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A town located in Southern New Hampshire. Salem is close by to many of the largest New England cities, including Lowell, Methuen, Manchester and Nashua. Salem is known for its shopping mall, as well as Canobie Lake Park. Salem High School is widely recognized as the worst high school in NH, widely due to the amount of drug trafficking and fights. Salem is also known for it's "Salem tough guys". Many kids who attend Salem High are afflicted with the "Salem Kid Complex", meaning that they think there the shit and think that they are the toughest kids around and try to fight everyone, but in turn make themselves look like retarded assholes. Salem residents are also notorious for hating inhabitants of nearby communities that aren't complete shit holes like Salem, such as Londonderry, Windham, and Derry.
"Hey, I think that kid is from Salem NH!"

"How can you tell?"

"Because he's trying to act like a tough guy."

"Salem Sucks."
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