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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.derrynh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Hall: Monday through Friday, 7 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 7 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: Tuesday, 10 am - 6 pm; Tax Collector: Tuesday, 9 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 third largest numeric population change, totaling 21,773 over 49 years, from 11,712 in 1970 to 33,485 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 61 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by decennial increase of 58 percent in the next decade. The 2019 Census estimate for Derry was 33,485 residents, which ranked fourth among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 945.1 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.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Town Admin./Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020-2021 $51,648,587
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $92,078,198
Zoning Ordinance 1946/20
Master Plan 2020
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 86

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 Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.12
2019 Equalization Ratio 89.1
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.76
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings84.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings13.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.4%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 13,539
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 8,540
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,176
Five or More Units in Structure 3,540
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 283
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 33,485 309,769
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) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   16,655 Female:   16,793
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,630
Age 5 to 19 6,336
Age 20 to 34 6,584
Age 35 to 54 9,558
Age 55 to 64 5,294
Age 65 and over 4,046
Median Age 40.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 28.9%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $36,531
Median family income $94,253
Median household income $76,536
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $60,732
Female $47,416
Individuals below the poverty level 8.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 20,177 20,628
Employed 18,773 20,036
Unemployed 1,404 592
Unemployment Rate 7.0% 2.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 842 716
Average Weekly Wage $1,066 $1,060
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 5,846 7,135
Average Weekly Wage $699 $816
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 6,688 7,851
Average Weekly Wage $746 $838
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,062 1,003
Average Weekly Wage $910 $1,063
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 7,750 8,854
Average Weekly Wage $768 $863

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
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 Center for CTE Region: 17
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 6 2 2 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 2,123 1,194 3,297 129
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 17 Total Capacity: 1,357
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester; St. Anselm

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
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
Wal-mart Retail store 265 1992
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 142 2000
Pinkerton Academy Education 462 1814
Town of Derry Municipal services 364 1827
Total Air Supply HVAC systems 40 1959
Benson's Hardware Home improvement center 50 1913

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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 RegionalRunway9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 13 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 15 miles
Portland, ME 92 miles
Boston, MA 42 miles
New York City, NY 242 miles
Montreal, Quebec 269 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.0%
Public transportation 1.0%
Walked 1.5%
Other Means 6.6%
Worked at home 25.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 20.0%
Commuting to another NH community 54.9%
Commuting out-of-state 25.1%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist 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, 2021. Community Response Received 8/6/20

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