Nahant is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 3,632 at the 2000 census. With just 1.2 square miles (3.1 Square Kilometer) of land area, it is the smallest municipality in the state, and the smallest town in New England. It is primarily a residential community. The old Nahant Life Saving Station (NLSS) on Nahant Road, and the new War Memorial erected across the street [from the NLSS] were renovated in 2004. In 2003, the dilapidated Valley Road School was refurbished, and re-commissioned as the Nahant Community Center, which is now home to many local activities and banquets, including the local Boy Scout Troop 50.