Introduction to Danville, Virginia

Danville, Virginia is 40 miles NE of Greensboro, North Carolina (center to center) and 71 miles NW of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Danville History

In 1728, William Byrd led an expedition to determine the boundary between Virginia and North Carolina, when he accidentally set foot on the place that is now known as Danville. It was beside the river Dan and Byrd was captivated with the region's beauty. Earlier, numerous tribes had inhabited the area, but the first white settlement was established in 1792. It was initially named "Wynne’s Falls," in honor of the first settler. The place was renamed Danville on November 23, 1793, because of its location to the Dan River. Danville was founded as a tobacco market. Industrial growth in the area began with the opening of the largest single-unit yarn mill in the world in 1882.

Danville and nearby Attractions

  • Birthplace of Lady Astor
  • Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History
  • Cain Creek Shopping Center
  • Danville Golf Club
  • Arey Lake
  • Stonewall Jackson Park

Things To Do In Danville

Among the sites of historical importance near Danville are the Birthplace of Lady Astor and the Sutherlin House. One can also visit Tank Museum, Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, Danville City Jail, Ralph R. Landes Medical Library, Danville Public Library, and Westover Branch Library. The shopping centers provide a host of entertainment facilities for visitors. There are also several parks where one can indulge in various sports and other physical activities. In addition, the city hosts several annual celebrations including the Festival in the Park and the Old 97 Rail Days.

Danville Transportation

Danville Regional Airport is about six miles away and can be reached within a few minutes.

Danville Higher Education

The local institutes of higher education include Danville Community College, Averett College, and Danville Regional Medical Center School of Nursing.


Total Population 42,450
Male Share of the Population 45.7%
Female Share of the Population 54.3%
Senior Citizens 19.3%
Employed Population 16+ 16,196
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 38.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.9%
Median Earnings25+ $27,323
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,208
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,783


Median Family Income $42,656
% Above Poverty Level 76.3%
% Below Poverty Level 23.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%


People Living Alone 37%
Median Gross Rent $601
Median House Value $88,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.9%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 6%

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

Danville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 40 miles NE of Greensboro, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 71 miles NW of Raleigh, North Carolina
Metro Area Danville
Standard Zip Codes 24540, 24541
P.O. Box Zip Codes 24543
Company Zip Codes 24544
Phone Area Codes 434
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.58
Longitude -79.43

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 2.6 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 47 F
Apr Temp 43 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.9 inches
Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 46 F
Apr Temp 39 to 69 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 40 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.2 inches
Distance 34.3 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 48 F
Apr Temp 43 to 70 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 70 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chatham 1,059 $57,500
Martinsville 13,624 $46,565
Ridgeway 850 $48,194

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

Danville Public Libraries

Danville Public Library
Danville, Virginia
(434) 799-5195
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Danville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(434) 799-2100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,944 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

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A Magnet School.
Serves 172 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

540 GAY ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 129 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.8

A Non-traditional School

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