Introduction to Danville, California

Danville, California, in Contra Costa county, is 6 miles SE of Walnut Creek, California (center to center) and 14 miles E of Oakland, California. The town is situated in the San Ramon Valley. The impressive Mount Diablo offers a picturesque background. It's regarded as an affluent community and includes exclusive country clubs and expensive homes. The downtown has a rustic charm and numerous small shops.

A large number of old homes have been preserved and protected. The downtown has strong restrictions regarding large developments. It's home to the headquarters of Advanta Energy Corp and includes numerous investment firms.

The Danville area was part of the notable Mexican Land Grant named Rancho San Ramon. Daniel Inman and his brother Andrew purchased a large acreage in 1854 with money they made during the gold rush. The town began as a farming community, primarily growing wheat then changed over to producing fruits and nuts in 1891 after the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The raising of cattle and sheep were significant factors for the economy. Danville was developed as a residential community beginning in 1947.

Danville Attractions

  • San Ramon Valley Museum.
  • Village Theater features Broadway shows.
  • Danville International Children's Film Festival.
  • Hot Summer Nights.
  • Fall Arts Festival.
  • Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site was the home of the American Nobel Prize winning playwright.
  • Art in the Park.
  • Danville Fall Crafts Festival is a popular event.
  • Antique & Art Faire.
  • Danville's Old Town Hall.
  • Blackhawk Automotive Museum.
  • Movies on the Green attracts a large crowd.

Danville Activities

The Iron Horse Regional Trail traverses through the town and includes bicycle riding and hiking trails. Mount Diablo State Park is a vast acreage and features the impressive Mount Diablo. Las Trampas Regional Wilderness includes a narrow valley which is home to a horse stable. Some of the hiking trails have steep areas. Equestrians are allowed on the trails. Notable wineries are nearby. Residents can easily travel to San Francisco and enjoy a variety of activities and professional sports teams.


Total Population 43,410
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 16.5%
Employed Population 16+ 19,004
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 63.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 65.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $161,650
% Above Poverty Level 95.9%
% Below Poverty Level 4.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 8.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 5.7%


People Living Alone 20.6%
Median Gross Rent $2,413
Median House Value $881,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.1%
US/American 0.2%
English 11.5%
Irish 14.4%

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

Danville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SE of Walnut Creek, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles E of Oakland, California
County Contra Costa
Standard Zip Codes 94506, 94526
Phone Area Codes 925
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.821
Longitude -121.998

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 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 56 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 60 to 85 F
Oct Temp 52 to 74 F
Annual Precip 23.9 inches
Distance 9.9 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 58 F
Apr Temp 46 to 67 F
Jul Temp 54 to 75 F
Oct Temp 52 to 73 F
Annual Precip 26.3 inches
Distance 21.2 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 58 F
Apr Temp 50 to 68 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 54 to 74 F
Annual Precip 14.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Blackhawk (94506)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clayton 11,497 $141,250
Dublin 52,063 $133,080
Lafayette 25,082 $176,127
Moraga 16,787 $169,028
San Ramon 74,571 $148,734
Walnut Creek 66,799 $116,350

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

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Serves 2,189 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.6

Serves 2,000 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.5

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Serves 94 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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