Award-Winning Community

2020 Wave Review logoDerby Proud

It's one thing to say you're an outstanding community, but it's another thing to prove it. Over the years, Derby has a received number of recognitions for its aquatic park, Rock River Rapids, and for being a great place to retire and find affordable housing. Here are a few of our recent accolades and links to more information about the recognition.

World Waterpark Association Wave Award

Rock River Rapids TV Commercial
October 2020

Fastest Growing Cities that are Still Affordable for Homebuyers (#390) - September 2020

Derby has been nationally recognized by LendEDU as one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities that is affordable for homebuyers. Cities were ranked according to median monthly home cost, including mortgage payments and utilities. These figures rank Derby #390 in the country and #1 in the state of Kansas.
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), Derby Police Department, March 2020

Class 7 National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System (FEMA)
June 2019
Derby floodplain insurance holders are eligible for up to a 15 percent discount.

Top 4 Cities & Towns to Buy a Home in the U.S.

PennyGeeks, February 2018

National Blue Ribbon School 2017
Wineteer Elementary

Playful City USA
2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010
National Institute of Senior Centers Accreditation
Derby Senior Center
2022 Re-accredited
2016 Re-accredited
2011 - First Accredited Senior Center in Kansas

10 Happiest Cities in Kansas (No. 7), July 2017

10 Most Successful Cities in Kansas (No. 6)
Zippia, August 2016

Top 15 Safest Cities in Kansas (No. 3), May 2016

14 Safest Cities in Kansas (No. 11)
Safe Choice Security News, August 2014

Top 10 Safest Community in Kansas
Movoto Real Estate, August 2014

Top 10 Best Place to Retire to in Kansas
Movoto Real Estate, April 2014

12th Most Affordable Suburb in America
Movoto Real Estate, 2013

Governor's Council on Fitness Health Champion Award
Derby Recreation Commission, September 2012

Tree City USA
21 consecutive years