Introduction to Danville, Illinois

Danville, Illinois, in Vermilion county, is 32 miles E of Champaign, Illinois (center to center) and 81 miles W of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Danville History

The area now known as Danville was founded in 1827. Guy W. Smith donated 60 acres of land and Dan W. Beckwith donated 20 acres of the land on which this city was established. In fact, following Smith's suggestions, the area was named after Beckwith. The first post office was established in the house of a prominent Danville citizen, named Amos Williams, in May 1827. Between 1850 and 1940 Danville became one of the major coal mining areas of United States.

Danville and nearby Attractions

  • Kennekuk Cove County Park
  • Museum of Vermilion County
  • Kickapoo State Recreation Area
  • Rockome Gardens
  • Staerkel Planetarium

Things To Do In Danville

Danville offers a number of parks and playgrounds including Cannon Park, Douglas Park, Carver Park, Espensheid Park, Elmwood Park, Liberty Park, Winterview Park, Garfield Park, Ellsworth Park, and Meade Park. The Kickapoo State Recreation Area offers fishing and other recreation opportunities for its residents and visitors. The Holiday Square Shopping Center and Village Mall Shopping Center are also worth visiting.

Danville Transportation

Air transportation is available from University of Illinois - Willard Airport.

Danville Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are provided by Danville Area Community College, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, Indiana State University, and Parkland College.


Total Population 32,337
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 15.6%
Employed Population 16+ 11,382
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 34.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.6%
Median Earnings25+ $29,077
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,399
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,205


Median Family Income $42,934
% Above Poverty Level 71.5%
% Below Poverty Level 28.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%


People Living Alone 35.4%
Median Gross Rent $670
Median House Value $66,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.7%
US/American 0%
English 4.4%
Irish 6.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Danville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 32 miles E of Champaign, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 81 miles W of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Vermilion
Standard Zip Codes 61832, 61833, 61834
Phone Area Codes 217
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.124
Longitude -87.63

Danville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 41 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 40.9 inches
Distance 23.7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 32 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches
Distance 31.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 38.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Danville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Central Park (61832)

Hegeler (61832)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belgium 325 $51,875
Bismarck 598 $85,417
Catlin 1,981 $72,244

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Danville Public Libraries

Danville P.l.
Danville, Illinois
(217) 477-5220
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Danville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(217) 443-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Danville High Schools

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Serves 1,536 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

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Serves 498 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 49.8

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