Life-Sized City

With a city population of 250,000 and a travel to work hinterland of 2.1 million people, Derby hits the sweet spot of balancing a thriving, innovative economy alongside a relaxing quality of life.

In a post-pandemic world, employers are looking for locations which strike the right balance between working life and home life and this has led to a greater appreciation of the compact nature of the city of Derby – a true 15-minute city – and the living and leisure opportunities offered by Derbyshire.

With its UNESCO-protected mills, rolling dales and outstanding pubs, Derby is one of the Midlands’ most underrated cities

The Guardian 2022

UNESCO has recognised the Derwent Valley – which runs from Cromford to Derby – as a World Heritage Site which is now home to museums, event spaces, walks and cycleways.

Less than 30 minutes from the city centre, lie bustling villages and market towns including Ashbourne, Belper, Melbourne and Repton and beyond that, Derbyshire’s world-famous stately homes of Chatsworth, Hardwick Hall and Haddon Hall and the stunning landscapes of the UK’s first national park, the Peak District.

The residential offer ranges from modern city living apartments to stone cottages in market towns and rural retreats.

Average house prices in Derby are £233,439 (compared to a UK average of £367,760).

The education system includes some of the UK’s best state provision as well as established private schools such as Repton. Derby is also home to one of the country’s most thriving FE colleges, Derby College Group, and the University of Derby – a Guardian Top 50 University

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