Derry, NH

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Derry, New Hampshire
Broadway c. 1905

Nickname(s): "Spacetown"
Location in Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Coordinates: 42°52′50″N 71°19′38″W / 42.88056°N 71.32722°W / 42.88056; -71.32722Coordinates: 42°52′50″N 71°19′38″W / 42.88056°N 71.32722°W / 42.88056; -71.32722
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Rockingham
Incorporated 1827
Town Council Brad Benson, Chair
David Milz
Phyllis Katsakiores
Michael D. Fairbanks
Brian Chirichiello
Joel Olbricht
Neil Wetherbee
• Total 36.5 sq mi (94.5 km2)
• Land 35.6 sq mi (92.2 km2)
• Water 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2) 2.39%
Elevation 282 ft (86 m)
Population (2010)
• Total 33,109
• Density 910/sq mi (350/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
• Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 03038
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-17940
GNIS feature ID 0873578

Derry is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 33,109 at the 2010 census.[1] Although it is a town and not a city, Derry is the fourth most-populous community in the state. The town's nickname, "Spacetown", derives from the fact that Derry is the birthplace of Alan Shepard, the first astronaut from the United States in space.[2] Derry was also for a time the home of the poet Robert Frost and his family.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.5 square miles (94.5 km2), of which 35.6 square miles (92.2 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) is water, comprising 2.39% of the town.[5] Derry is drained by Beaver Brook. The highest point in the town is Warner Hill, at 605 feet (184 m) above sea level, where from the top one can see the Boston skyline on a clear day. Derry lies almost fully within the Merrimack River watershed, with a small section along the northern border of town lying in the Piscataqua River watershed.[6]

The urban part of the town, defined as a census-designated place (CDP), is located near the western border of the town and covers an area of 15.7 square miles (41 km2), about 42.8% of the area of the town. 15.4 sq mi (40 km2) of the CDP is land, and 0.2 sq mi (0.52 km2) of it is water, about 1.60% of the total area of the CDP. The village of East Derry is located approximately 2 miles (3 km) east of the CDP and close to the geographic center of the town.

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