Derby is a city in the East Midlands region of England. It lies upon the banks of the River Derwent and is located in the south of the ceremonial county of Derbyshire.
In the 2001 census, the population of the city was 233,700, whilst that of the Derby Urban Area was 229,407. According to the 2001 census, Derby was at that time the 22nd largest settlement in England.
Historically, Derby was a centre for the railway, with Midland Railway having their headquarters situated in the city. Currently, the city's two biggest employers are Toyota and Rolls Royce, with credit card company Egg also also having their national base in Derby.
The city has excellent transport links being located just 10 miles from the M1 and it is also on the route of the A6 from London to Carlisle. CrossCountry Trains regularly stop in Derby providing links to towns all over the country. East Midlands airport is situated just 15 miles from the city centre with services across Europe.