Danville, Kentucky

By | March 28, 2023

Danville, Kentucky is a city located in Boyle County, Kentucky. The city has a population of 16,347 according to the 2020 census. The city is situated between two rivers, the Dix and the Kentucky. The climate of Danville is humid subtropical with hot summers and mild winters. Check picktrue for information about Adair County, Kentucky.

The history of Danville dates back to 1783 when it was founded by Johnathan Crowell and William Walker. It was once an important center for trading and industry due to its location along the Dix River. In 1836, Danville became the county seat of Boyle County and in 1887 it was incorporated as a city.

Politically, Danville has been predominantly Republican since the 1950s. In recent years there have been some Democratic victories in local elections but Republicans continue to hold most offices in Boyle County.

Economically, Danville has traditionally relied on agriculture and manufacturing as its main sources of income. Recently there has been an increase in tourism due to its proximity to Lexington and Louisville which have helped boost the local economy. There are also several large employers in Danville such as Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, American Greetings Corporation, Walmart Distribution Center, and Amazon Fulfillment Center which provide jobs for many residents of the area.

Danville is home to several schools including Centre College, one of the top liberal arts colleges in America; Georgetown College; Eastern Kentucky University; Transylvania University; Bluegrass Community & Technical College; and Somerset Community College all within close proximity to each other making it easy for students from all over Kentucky and neighboring states to attend college here.

As far as landmarks go, there are several historical sites throughout Danville that attract visitors from near and far including Old Crow Tavern (the oldest tavern still standing in Kentucky), McDowell House Museum (the home of Dr Ephraim McDowell who performed one of the first successful abdominal surgeries), Constitution Square State Historic Site (where Kentucky’s first constitution was written), Pioneer Playhouse (a summer theater that puts on shows from June through August) , Great American Dollhouse Museum (the largest dollhouse museum in the world) , Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site (site where one of the bloodiest battles during Civil War took place), Waveland State Historic Site (a 19th century plantation house now open for tours).

Population: 15,477. Estimated population in July 2020: 15,409 (-0.4% change)
Males: 7,185 (46.4%), Females: 8,292 (53.6%)

Boyle County

Zip codes: 40422.

Median resident age: 36.7 years
Median household income: $32,937
Median house value: $91,700

Races in Danville:

  • White Non-Hispanic (82.9%)
  • Black (13.0%)
  • Hispanic (1.5%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
  • Other race (0.8%)
  • American Indian (0.6%)

Ancestries: United States (14.5%), English (13.4%), German (11.4%), Irish (10.3%), Scotch-Irish (3.7%), Scottish (2.6%).

Elevation: 989 feet

Land area: 15.8 square miles

Danville, Kentucky

Population

Danville, Kentucky is a small city located in Boyle County, about 35 miles southwest of Lexington. As of 2019, the population was estimated at 16,534 people. The majority of the population is Caucasian with a minority of African Americans and Hispanics making up 14% and 3% respectively. The median age is 42 years old and the median household income is $46,000. The unemployment rate in Danville is 5%, slightly lower than the national average of 5.2%.

Danville offers a wide variety of amenities for its residents. It has several parks, including Millennium Park and Constitution Square State Park which offer many recreational activities such as hiking trails, fishing ponds, playgrounds and picnic areas. There are also several museums such as the McDowell House Museum and Great American Dollhouse Museum which provide educational experiences to visitors. Additionally, Danville has numerous restaurants ranging from fast food to fine dining establishments that feature local cuisine from all over Kentucky. Finally, there are many shopping opportunities in Danville with stores ranging from antique shops to major department stores like Walmart.

For population 25 years and over in Danville

  • High school or higher: 78.2%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 22.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 10.0%
  • Unemployed: 4.7%
  • Mean travel time to work: 15.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Danville city

  • Never married: 25.5%
  • Now married: 51.5%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 9.0%
  • Divorced: 12.7%

2.0% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +985 (+6.8%).

Hospitals

Hospital/medical center in Danville:

  • EPHRAIM MCDOWELL REGIONAL MED CENTER (217 S THIRD ST)

Other hospitals/medical centers near Danville:

  • JAMES B HAGGIN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 11 miles; HARRODSBURG, KY)
  • FORT LOGAN HOSP (about 12 miles; STANFORD, KY)
  • GARRARD COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 13 miles; LANCASTER, KY)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Danville:

  • BLUE GRASS (about 30 miles; LEXINGTON, KY; Abbreviation: LEX)
  • LOUISVILLE INTL-STANDIFORD FIELD (about 76 miles; LOUISVILLE, KY; Abbreviation: SDF)
  • CINCINNATI/NORTHERN KENTUCKY INTERNATIONAL (about 96 miles; COVINGTON/CINCINNATI, OH, KY; Abbreviation: CVG)

Other public-use airports nearest to Danville:

  • STUART POWELL FIELD (about 6 miles; DANVILLE, KY; Abbreviation: DVK)
  • LIBERTY-CASEY COUNTY (about 31 miles; LIBERTY, KY; Abbreviation: I53)
  • LEBANON-SPRINGFIELD (about 32 miles; SPRINGFIELD, KY; Abbreviation: 6I2)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/Universities in Danville:

  • CENTRE COLLEGE OF KENTUCKY (Full-time enrollment: 1,053; Location: 600 W WALNUT ST; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.centre.edu)
  • DURHAM BEAUTY SCHOOL (Location: 100 FOX HARBOR DR; Private, for-profit)
  • DANVILLE HEALTH CARE TRAINING SCHOOL (Location: 1714 PERRYVILLE RD STE 520; Private, for-profit)
  • CENTRAL KENTUCKY TECHNICAL COLLEGE-DANVILLE CAMPUS (Location: 1714 PERRYVILLE RD STE 110; Public)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Danville:

  • UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY (about 33 miles; LEXINGTON, KY; Full-time enrollment: 20,492)
  • LEXINGTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 33 miles; LEXINGTON, KY; Full-time enrollment: 5,437)
  • EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY (about 35 miles; RICHMOND, KY; Full-time enrollment: 11,214)
  • UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE (about 73 miles; LOUISVILLE, KY; Full-time enrollment: 15,514)
  • SULLIVAN UNIVERSITY (about 75 miles; LOUISVILLE, KY; Full-time enrollment: 2,342)
  • BELLARMINE UNIVERSITY (about 75 miles; LOUISVILLE, KY; Full-time enrollment: 2,030)
  • ELIZABETHTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 76 miles; ELIZABETHTOWN, KY; Full-time enrollment: 2,217)

Schools

Public high schools in Danville:

  • BOYLE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 875; Location: 1637 PERRYVILLE RD; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • DANVILLE HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 480; Location: 203 E. LEXINGTON AVE.; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Danville:

  • BOYLE COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 699; Location: 1651 PERRYVILLE RD; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • WOODLAWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 608; Location: 1661 PERRYVILLE RD; Grades: PK – 05)
  • DANVILLE BATE MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 456; Location: 460 STANFORD AVE.; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • TOLIVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 284; Location: 209 N. MAPLE AVE.; Grades: KG – 05)
  • HOGSETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 276; Location: 300 WAVELAND AVE.; Grades: PK – 05)
  • JENNIE ROGERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 257; Location: 410 E. MAIN ST.; Grades: KG – 05)
  • BOYLE CO DAY TREATMENT (Location: 202 S SECOND ST; Grades: 06 – 12)
  • WOODLAWN CHILDREN’S ALTERNATIVE CAMPUS (Location: 1151 PERRYVILLE RD; Grades: KG – 08)
  • KENTUCKY SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (Location: S 2ND ST; Grades: KG – 12)

Private primary/middle schools in Danville:

  • DANVILLE MONTESSORI SCHOOL (Students: 144; Location: 411 E MAIN; Grades: PK – 5)
  • DANVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 66; Location: 401 WAVELAND AVE; Grades: PK – 6)

Libraries

Library in Danville:

  • BOYLE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $557,565; Location: 307 WEST BROADWAY; 90,321 books; 2,624 audio materials; 3,852 video materials; 154 serial subscriptions)