Derby (/ˈdɑːrbi/ (listen) DAR-bee) is a city and unitary authority area in Derbyshire, England. It lies on the banks of the River Derwent in the south of Derbyshire, of which it was traditionally the county town.[nb 1] Derby gained city status in 1977, and by the 2011 census its population was 248,700.

City of Derby
Derby Skyline and landmarks, clockwise from top left: Quad, Derby Cathedral, Derbion
"Industria, Virtus, et Fortitudo"
Shown within Derbyshire
Location within the East Midlands
Location within the United Kingdom
Coordinates: 52°55′N 1°28′W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
RegionEast Midlands
Ceremonial countyDerbyshire
Admin HQDerby
SettledAD 600
City status1977
  TypeUnitary authority, city
  Governing bodyDerby City Council
  LeadershipLeader and Cabinet
  ExecutiveConservative (council NOC)
  City and unitary authority area30.13 sq mi (78.03 km2)
 (2011 Census)
  City and unitary authority area248,700
  Density7,840/sq mi (3,028/km2)
1,543,000 (Nottingham-Derby)[1]
(Office for National Statistics 2011 Census)[2]
  • 80.2% White
  • 12.6% Asian
  • 3.0% Black British
  • 1.3% Other
  • 2.9% Mixed Race
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
Postcode span
Area code(s)01332
Grid Ref.SK3533936187
ONS code
  • 00FK (ONS)
  • E06000015 (GSS)
ISO 3166-2GB-DER

Derby was settled by Romans, who established the town of Derventio, later captured by the Saxons, and later still by the Vikings, who made their town of Djúra-bý one of the Five Boroughs of the Danelaw. Initially a market town, Derby grew rapidly in the industrial era. Home to Lombe's Mill, an early British factory, Derby has a claim to be one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution[citation needed]. It contains the southern part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. With the arrival of the railways in the 19th century, Derby became a centre of the British rail industry.

Derby is a centre for advanced transport manufacturing, being home to the world's second largest aero-engine manufacturer: Rolls-Royce. Bombardier Transportation has a production facility at the Derby Litchurch Lane Works while Toyota Manufacturing UK's automobile headquarters is located southwest of the city at Burnaston.