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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; Tax Collector: Monday through Friday, 7 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 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 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 15,479 over 41 years, from 18,875 in 1980 to 34,354 in 2021. The largest decennial percent change was a 58 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2021 Census estimate for Derry was 34,354 residents, which ranked fourth among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 969.6 persons per square mile of land area, the ninth 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, 2022-2023 $53,107,736
Budget: School Appropriations, 2022-2023 $94,252,087
Zoning Ordinance 1946/22
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 58

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
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.76
2021 Equalization Ratio 78.4
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.96
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings80.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings18.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.5%

(ACS 2016-2020) Housing
Total Housing Units 13,370
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 8,400
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,102
Five or More Units in Structure 3,572
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 296
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2021 34,354 316,947
2020 34,294 314,430
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) 2016-2020
Population by Gender
Male:   16,155 Female:   17,327
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,850
Age 5 to 19 6,221
Age 20 to 34 6,776
Age 35 to 54 9,324
Age 55 to 64 5,326
Age 65 and over 3,985
Median Age 38.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 31.5%

(ACS 2016-2020) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $37,471
Median family income $94,503
Median household income $78,943
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $62,537
Female $47,048
Individuals below the poverty level 6.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 19,604 19,999
Employed 18,375 19,228
Unemployed 1,229 771
Unemployment Rate 6.3% 3.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 672 780
Average Weekly Wage $983 $1,179
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 5,856 6,952
Average Weekly Wage $725 $973
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 6,528 7,732
Average Weekly Wage $751 $994
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,022 951
Average Weekly Wage $942 $1,176
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 7,550 8,683
Average Weekly Wage $777 $1,014

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
Total Enrollment 1,986 1,140 3,228
2021 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 15 Total Capacity: 1,218
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 2016-2020) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.2%
Public transportation 0.8%
Walked 1.5%
Other Means 1.4%
Worked at home 7.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2016-2020)
Working in community of residence 51.8%
Commuting to another NH community 23.8%
Commuting out-of-state 24.4%
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, 2021. Community Response Received 5/10/22

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