The county of Derbyshire is situated in the East Midlands region of England and has a population of just over 1 million. The county borders West Yorkshire to the north and Staffordshire to the south. Large portions of the county also lie in the Peak District National Park and the Pennines: large areas of hills, forests and mountains, which are sparsely populated. Average house prices in Derbyshire are well below the national average at £167,000. The average price for a detached house is around £239,000 while a terraced house or a flat is approximately £115,000. The average monthly rent for a property is currently £500. The average size of a house in Derbyshire is much larger than the national average. Large areas of agricultural land are visible throughout the county and it is considered that 75% of the population inhabit only 25% of the land. more
Historically Derbyshire has a strong mining economy, in particular coal mining in the north east of the county. Today the economy is focused on manufacturing although the mining of lead, iron, coal and limestone still plays a large part. Large manufacturing companies in the area include Thorntons, JCB, Rolls-Royce plc and Toyota and together they employ thousands of local residents.
The annual Gilbert and Sullivan Festival takes place at the Opera House Buxton. The festival lasts for three weeks and hosts performances and fringe events, attracting thousands of visitors to the area. Buxton is also home to the Buxton Festival, an annual summer festival of opera and live music. Other notable festivals in the county include The Rock and Blues Custom Show, which is a four day rock music festival and takes place in Pentrich in the east of the county.
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|Largest County City:||Chesterfield|
|Population density:||382 / km²|