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Derby’s history dates back to 1869, when Derby’s first settlers stopped their covered wagon on the banks of Spring Creek. The Garrett family stayed, and two years later the town was officially named El Paso when the town plat was registered. That plat covered an area from Kay Street on the south to Madison on the north, and between Georgie to the east and Water Street to the west. It wasn’t until 1879 that the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad built a depot in El Paso, and it didn’t take long for the mail to start getting mixed up between the two El Pasos on the line…Kansas and Texas. To solve the problem, AT&SF officials renamed the Kansas depot and eventually, the name Derby stuck. It was officially adopted in 1952, but the El Paso name continues to appear in many places around town.

Today, Derby is a bustling community of more than 21,000 residents. With more than 7,000 households, nearly 7,000 students and better than 500 businesses, Derby is recognized statewide and beyond as a thriving suburb for businesses and families. The median household income of almost $75,000 is one of the highest in the area, making the city attractive to developers and retailers seeking new locations. The median age of a Derby resident is 35.6 years, and the average household has 2.83 persons. Our citizens are well educated, with more than 35 percent of Derby residents holding at least a bachelor’s degree; over 11 percent of those are graduate or post-graduate degrees. The retail market reach of Derby extends far beyond its population, pulling in more than 75,000 shoppers from the surrounding area.

Part of the greater Wichita metropolitan area, Derby benefits from its proximity to Wichita’s 350,000-plus residents and the amenities enjoyed by large cities - all while maintaining the small-town charm and sensibility that has led to its growth.

Since its beginnings, local leadership has been a factor in Derby’s growth and success. From the elected City Council and School Board members to the many active volunteer and civic organizations, Derby owes its success to the hard work and dedication of the people who live in, and love, their town.x

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