(I've lived here for 15 years)
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.