It is in the local area still referred to as the Town of Danville and it still preserves the characteristics of a town being compact, largely self sufficient as far as shopping goes, and having only a couple commercial centers. Its downtown is noted for its somewhat rustic charm, intensively upgraded owing to its now extremely affluent demographics and its popularity as a regional destination for dining and light shopping. With heavy restriction on large development, the downtown consists of many small shops on several traditional-styled plazas. It does not have its own hospital, being well served by nearby regional medical centers, nor, with the exception of a Costco location near its boundary with San Ramon, does it host the "heavy shopping" provided by shopping malls located in nearby cities to the north or south. Danville's main street is Hartz Avenue in downtown Danville.
Every Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Danville hosts a farmer's market, where merchants gather under makeshift tents and umbrellas to sell a wide variety of goods. One can buy all sorts of fresh goods from the market, from freshly grown fruits and vegetables, to kettle corn, to baking goods, to flowers, to drinks, to olive oil, to the services of a musician who usually entertains people passing by. The market can be found on a weekly basis next to the local Andronico's store.
The Iron Horse Regional Trail runs through Danville. Extending all the way from Dublin to Concord, the trail passes right through this town. Bikers, skaters, and joggers usually find the Trail a source of outdoor recreation and exercise. Furthermore, the Trail is relatively isolated from the heavy traffic on the main road; so it's a safe path to travel on. The trail is also close to all the major cafes and restaurants in Danville, so bikers who are doing a long trip often stop in Danville to eat or drink.
The Danville library hosts a number of community events, such as the annual Halloween activities for kids and booksales and Hot August Nights old car show.
Danville is home to two high schools: Monte Vista High School and San Ramon Valley High School, which both share a longstanding cross-town rivalry.
Danville is named, in part, after Daniel Inman, who bought 400 acres (1.6 km) there in 1854 with his brother Andrew, using their Gold Rush earnings. They rejected the name "Inmanville" and settled on Danville. However, "According to the modest Dan, the name was chosen as much or more out of respect for Andrew's mother-in-law, who was born and raised near Danville, Ky.," says one historical account. It was initially a farming community, switching from wheat to fruits and nuts after the Southern Pacific Railroad built a spur line through the area in 1891. It developed as a residential suburb starting in 1947, when the first sizeable housing tracts were constructed, and its population boomed in the 1970s and 1980s.
Danville is located at 37?48′41″N, 121 58′27″W (37.811476, -121.974192)GR1.
Adjoining towns and cities are San Ramon to the south, Diablo and Blackhawk to the east, and Alamo to the north.
Interstate 680 serves as the main means of transport out of the town.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 46.9 km (18.1 mi). All of it is land and none of it is covered by water.
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 41,715 people, 14,816 households, and 11,867 families residing in the town. The population density was 890.3/km (2,305.6/mi). There were 15,130 housing units at an average density of 322.9/km (836.2/mi). The racial makeup of the town was 86.30% White, 0.92% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 9.00% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 2.55% from two or more races. 4.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 14,816 households out of which 42.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.7% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 15.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the town the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $114,064, and the median income for a family was $125,867. Males had a median income of $93,953 versus $53,235 for females. The per capita income for the town was $50,773. About 1.3% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.
Population History of Danville from the U.S. Census Bureau
Local Activities Include:
Blackhawk Auto Museum
Located an hour southeast of San Francisco in Danville, California (just south of Walnut Creek on Interstate 680), the facility encompasses nearly 70,000 square feet with four exhibition galleries, an Automotive Reference Library & Museum Store, Special Events Area, Board Room and state-of-the-art catering kitchen.
Las Trampas Stables
Las Trampas Regional Wilderness offers 3,798 acres of wilderness and an expanded trail system that allows hikers and horseback riders to enjoy its remote and rugged areas. The stables offer horse boarding and lessons and feature reservable guided trail rides, pony rides and barbecue rides.
The Livermore Valley Wine Country invites you to come visit for the day, or for the weekend! We have 30 beautiful wineries for you to visit. Plan your days with us around the wines you would like to taste, as well as the special events you would like to attend.