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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, Town Administrator: Monday to Friday, 7-4; Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 7-5; Town Clerk: Monday to Friday, 8-4

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 13

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: Population change for Derry totaled 22,608 over 50 years, the third largest numeric increase among the municipalities, from 11,712 in 1970 to 34,320 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Derry was 34,411 residents, which ranked fourth among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 971.2 persons per square mile of land area. 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, 2023-2024 $58,712,053
Budget: School Appropriations, 2023-2024 $99,036,200
Zoning Ordinance 1946/23
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 50

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
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.04
2022 Equalization Ratio 92.6
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.16
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings16.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.3%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 13,582
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 8,823
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 978
Five or More Units in Structure 3,444
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 337
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 34,411 319,424
2020 34,317 314,176
2010 33,109 295,223
2000 34,112 278,748
1990 29,745 246,744
1980 18,875 190,345
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   16,314 Female:   17,883
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,935
Age 5 to 19 6,222
Age 20 to 34 6,941
Age 35 to 54 9,241
Age 55 to 64 5,497
Age 65 and over 4,361
Median Age 39.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 23,958
High school graduate or higher 93.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 31.6%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $40,381
Median family income $102,000
Median household income $85,458
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $67,802
Female $49,893
Individuals below the poverty level 6.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 19,895 20,295
Employed 18,602 19,724
Unemployed 1,293 571
Unemployment Rate 6.5% 2.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 714 794
Average Weekly Wage $896 $1,335
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 5,999 7,068
Average Weekly Wage $737 $1,020
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 6,713 7,862
Average Weekly Wage $754 $1,052
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,020 985
Average Weekly Wage $952 $1,169
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 7,733 8,847
Average Weekly Wage $780 $1,065

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
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 6 2 2
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 2,085 1,039 3,034
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 15 Total Capacity: 1,274
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester; Franklin Pierce-Manchester; MCPHS; St. Anselm; Rivier; Thomas More

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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 18,926
Drove alone, car/truck/van 76.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.2%
Public transportation 0.7%
Walked 1.1%
Other Means 1.6%
Worked at home 11.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 28.1%
Commuting to another NH community 50.0%
Commuting out-of-state 21.9%
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; Derry Rail Trail

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/27/23

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