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Derry, NH

derry New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Derry Planning Department
George H. Sioras, Planning Director
14 Manning St
Derry, NH 03038
Telephone (603) 432-6110 x5477
Fax (603) 432-6109
E-mail georgesioras@derrynh.org
Web Site www.derry-nh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 7 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 7 am - 4 pm, Wednesday, 10 am - 7 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Southern NH
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 3
State Senate District District 19
State Representative Rockingham County District 6

Incorporated: 1827
Origin: Although first settled in 1719, Derry was not incorporated until 1827. For over 100 years it was part of Londonderry, which also included all of Windham and portions of Manchester, Salem, and Hudson. The town was named for the Isle of Derry, Ireland, the Gaelic word Doire meaning oak woods. Derry is the location of poet Robert Frost's homestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, and the birthplace of both General John Stark and astronaut Alan Shepard. Two of the oldest private schools in America were founded here as well, Pinkerton Academy, founded in 1814 and still in operation, and the Adams Female Seminary.
Villages and Place Names: Chases Grove, Collettes Grove, Derry Village, East Derry, Howards Grove
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 2,176 residents in 1830
Population Trends: Derry had the second largest numeric population change, totaling 26,224 over 53 years, from 6,987 in 1960 to 33,211 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 68 percent increase between 1960 and 1970, followed by decennial increases of 61 and 58 percent, respectively in the next two decades. The 2013 Census estimate for Derry was 33,211 residents, which ranked fourth among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 937.4 persons per square mile of land area, the tenth highest among the cities and towns. Derry contains 35.4 square miles of land area and 0.9 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Town Admin./Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $43,487,667
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014 $81,903,691
Zoning Ordinance 1946/14
Master Plan 2010
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Town Council
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Heritage
Public Library Derry Public; Taylor Library

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal - full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Parkland Medical Center, Derry Local 82

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop; Granite State
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Derry Water Department
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $31.49
2013 Equalization Ratio 89.0
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.47
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings80.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings18.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.4%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 13,546
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 8,637
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,327
Five or More Units in Structure 3,032
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 550
Total Population Community County
2013 33,211 297,728
2010 33,109 295,223
2000 34,112 278,748
1990 29,745 246,744
1980 18,875 190,345
1970 11,712 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    16,377 Female:    16,834
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,578
Age 5 to 19 6,802
Age 20 to 34 6,752
Age 35 to 54 10,943
Age 55 to 64 3,892
Age 65 and over 3,244
Median Age 39.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 27.0%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $30,397
Median family income $82,806
Median household income $64,855
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $55,238
Female $40,596
Individuals below the poverty level 7.3%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 20,168 19,877
Employed 18,894 18,664
Unemployed 1,274 1,213
Unemployment Rate 6.3% 6.1%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,132 787
Average Weekly Wage $748 $932
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 5,632 6,030
Average Weekly Wage $572 $742
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 6,764 6,817
Average Weekly Wage $601 $764
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,044 1,039
Average Weekly Wage $694 $958
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 7,809 7,856
Average Weekly Wage $614 $789

Schools students attend: Derry operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Pinkerton Academy (Derry) SAU 10
Career Technology Center(s): Pinkerton Academy CATE, Derry; Salem High School Vocational Center Region: 17
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 5 2 3 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 2,254 1,289 3,043 201
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 21 Total Capacity: 1,274
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England; Mount Washington College; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester; St. Anselm

Derry Cooperative School System Education 620
HCA Health Services of NH Health care administration 532
Shaw's Supermarket Supermarket 105 1980
Fireye Fire equipment 100 1965
Sanmina Printed circuit boards 88 2007
Biosan Laboratories Vitamin, supplements, & minerals 115 1970's
Wal-mart Retail store 265 1992
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 142 2000
Pinkerton Academy Education 462 1814
Town of Derry Municipal services 364 1827

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 28, 102, 111, 121, 28 Bypass
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 4
Distance 1 mile
Railroad No
Public Transportation CART
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Manchester-Boston Regional
Runway 9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 13 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 13 miles
Portland, ME 93 miles
Boston, MA 42 miles
New York City, NY 247 miles
Montreal, Quebec 269 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 71.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 15.1%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 7.9%
Worked at home 5.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 27.3%
Commuting to another NH community 60.5%
Commuting out-of-state 12.2%
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
Other: Beaver Lake w/ Public Beach; Robert Frost Homestead; Skateboard Park; Opera House; Hood Pond; Taylor Mill State Park; Derryfest; Frost Festival; Farmer's Market; Robert Frost Old Coach Scenic Byway; Alexander-Carr Playground

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, March 2015.
Community Response Received 06/02/14

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