As the smallest city in the state of Connecticut, Derby covers an area of 5.3 square miles and is
rich in history and recreation.
The quaint town, located in southwest Connecticut near the Naugatuck and Housatonic Rivers, has approximately 12,600 residents. First inhabitants of this area were Native American tribes, before the establishment of a trading post by John Wakeman at Derby Docks in 1642. In 1651, soon after the first houses were built, Derby was recognized by New Haven Colony as a town. However, following a protest by the residents of nearby Milford, the decision was rescinded. It was in 1675 that Derby finally became a township, followed by its recognition as a city in 1893.
Bordered by New Haven to the east, Waterbury to the north, and Bridgeport just south, Derby is positioned within one of the sizable metropolitan areas in the state of Connecticut. Drive to New York in just over an hour and reach Boston by car in about two hours.