Introduction to Derby, Connecticut

Derby, Connecticut is 7 miles N of Milford, Connecticut and 61 miles NE of New York, New York. It is in New Haven county. The city is part of the Bridgeport metro area. The population of Derby is 12,391.

Derby History

The earliest European settlers arrived in this area in 1642. They built an Indian trading post here called Paugasset and renamed the area Derby in 1675, after Derby, England. The city manufactured corsets and hoop skirts during the 19th century. It was home to Charlton Comics, a comic book publisher, from 1944 to 1986.

Derby and nearby Attractions

  • Osbornedale State Park
  • Osborne Homestead Museum
  • Indian Well State Park
  • West Rock Ridge State Park
  • Sterling Opera House
  • Birmingham Green Historic District

Things To Do In Derby

Derby has several historic sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Birmingham Historic District and Howe House are just a couple of those places. The Derby Public Library is another place worth visiting. It was built with Ansonia marble in 1902.

Derby Transportation

Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial is the nearest major airport.

Derby Higher Education

Southern Connecticut State University, the University of New Haven, Gateway Community College and Yale University are all nearby.


Total Population 12,837
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,404
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 44.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.7%
Median Earnings25+ $35,011
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,353
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,103


Median Family Income $65,087
% Above Poverty Level 87.2%
% Below Poverty Level 12.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.9%


People Living Alone 34.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,086
Median House Value $212,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.6%
US/American 0%
English 4.3%
Irish 12.3%

Derby Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles N of Milford, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 61 miles NE of New York, New York
County New Haven
Standard Zip Codes 06418
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.32
Longitude -73.089

Derby Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 10.9 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 57 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
Distance 11.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
Distance 24 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ansonia 19,128 $61,840
Milford 53,039 $99,238
Naugatuck 31,790 $77,372
New Haven 130,553 $46,066
Shelton 40,472 $105,833
West Haven 55,290 $62,213

Derby Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(203) 732-7500
Emergency Service: Yes

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