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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, NH Portion
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Southern NH
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 3
State Senate 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 26,236 over 52 years, from 6,987 in 1960 to 33,223 in 2012. 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 2012 Census estimate for Derry was 33,223 residents, which ranked fourth among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 929.8 persons per square mile of land area, the tenth highest among the cities and towns. Derry contains 35.6 square miles of land area and 0.9 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Town Admin./Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $45,315,939
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013 $79,824,924
Zoning Ordinance 1946/12
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

EMERGENCY SERVICES
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

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; 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:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $30.48
2012 Equalization Ratio 97.3
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.04
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings80.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings18.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 13,397
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 8,594
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,388
Five or More Units in Structure 2,804
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 611
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2012 33,223 297,820
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   16,201 Female:   17,072
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,681
Age 5 to 19 6,873
Age 20 to 34 6,622
Age 35 to 54 11,229
Age 55 to 64 3,755
Age 65 and over 3,113
Median Age 38 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 27.4%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $31,259
Median family income $87,338
Median household income $68,300
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $57,587
Female $41,313
Individuals below the poverty level 5.9%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 20,137 19,808
Employed 18,841 18,514
Unemployed 1,296 1,294
Unemployment Rate 6.4% 6.5%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,277 714
Average Weekly Wage $729 $896
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 5,668 5,999
Average Weekly Wage $560 $737
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 6,945 6,713
Average Weekly Wage $591 $754
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,031 1,020
Average Weekly Wage $622 $952
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 7,977 7,733
Average Weekly Wage $595 $780
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
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 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 2,314 1,273 3,054 191
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 22 Total Capacity: 1,391
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England; Mount Washington College; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester; St. Anselm

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Derry Cooperative School System Education 600
HCA Health Services of NH Health care administration 523
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 261 1992
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 142 2000
Pinkerton Academy Education 462 1814
Town of Derry Municipal services 367 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

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 86.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.5%
Public transportation 0.4%
Walked 0.8%
Other Means 0.6%
Worked at home 3.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.3 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 22.3%
Commuting to another NH community 48.2%
Commuting out-of-state 29.5%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, February 2014.
Community Response Received 05/28/13

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