Thinking of moving to Derby? Whether you’re starting a family, planning an investment or beginning higher education, here is what Derby has to offer.
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- According to the most recent census, the City of Derby has a population of nearly 250,000 – an increase of 7.8% over the previous ten years
- The population is also marked by its diversity, especially in terms of ethnicity – comprising mostly those of Pakistani and Indian descent, the ethnic population increased from 15.7% to 24.7% at the last census
- The largest increase in population by age is amongst those between 20 and 29 years.
- According to the city council’s own assessments, Derby is the country’s leader in advanced manufacturing
- Thanks to this economic strength, wage levels are also higher than anywhere outside of London and the southeast of England
- But the diversity of the workforce also means that Derby has a higher than average proportion of residents with no academic qualifications (18%) and many employers reporting significant skills shortages (22%).
Location and Transport 🚌
- Situated in the heart of the Midlands, Derby is a natural transport hub – in terms of its links with the rest of the country by road, rail and air
- The M1 is just 10 miles east of the city and continues to provide ready access to London to the south and Leeds and Sheffield to the North
- Derby has also been a rail hub since its station was first opened in 1840, providing links to London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Leicester
- The East Midlands airport is just 15 miles from Derby city centre.
- The University of Derby has its main campus in the centre and a subsidiary campus in the north of the county in Buxton
- Derby College offers more vocational training
- There are 15 secondary schools in the city, together with three fee-paying independent schools.
- Derby is home to the oldest public park still open to the public – called the Arboretum, it was given to the people of the city by a local mill owner in 1840
- There are a further 300 parks and gardens within the city, together covering almost 700 hectares of land
- Derby is on the southern edge of the ever-popular Peak District.
Finally, did you know …
- In 1991, a cinema in Derby broke the world record for producing the biggest ever bowl of popcorn
- Since its history dates back to Roman time, Derby has had its fair share of alternative name, including Derventio, Darbye, Deoraby and Darby
- Rolls-Royce are the area’s largest employer.