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The Town of Saugus is located in Essex County in eastern Massachusetts, nine miles from Boston. It is bordered by Lynnfield on the north, Lynn on the east, Revere on the south, Malden on the southwest, and Wakefield and Melrose on the west.

The Saugus River forms part of the southeast border, while the Pines River forms the southern border. Both rivers join in an opening to the Atlantic Ocean.

It is a community of about 25,000 people and covers an area of about 11 square miles or a total of 7,327 acres. It has a population density of about 2,400 persons per square mile. About 43 percent of town land is developed and 57 percent is undeveloped. The undeveloped portions include agricultural land, open land, forest, recreation areas and wetlands.

The land is a combination of rough ledges, stony soil and level fields with several brooks flowing into ponds and the Saugus River. the southeastern section is a salt water marsh. The town has a tidal shore line of 10.4 miles.

Saugus consists of three distinct areas: West and North Saugus, which are primarily residential and are physically separated from the rest of the community by Route One; East Saugus, which is dominated by the Saugus marsh area; and Central Saugus, which consists of Saugus Center and Cliftondale.

Saugus, known for its grand scale establishments located on a 3.5 mile commercial strip along historic U.S. Route One where it is estimated over 110,000 vehicles travel each day, is home to three of the country's ten largest restaurants.

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