About Danville, Kentucky
Danville is southwest of Lexington in the Bluegrass Region of the state. Its population is 16,685, as of 2019 U.S. Census estimates. The median household income is $37,451, and about a quarter of the population has at least a bachelor's degree, based on 2014-2018 census data. Approximately 79% of residents are white, and nearly 10% are African American.
Danville is home to the first post office established on the western side of the Alleghany Mountains. Other attractions include Norton Center for the Arts, the Great American Doll House Museum and McDowell House and Apothecary. Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site is nearby and offers re-enactments of the Civil War battle fought in this area. Residents can also hike or bird watch at the Central Kentucky wildlife refuge, which is close to Danville, or fish in Herrington Lake.
Centre College is the only postsecondary institution in Danville. A private, non-profit school, it's ranked the 45th best liberal arts college in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, as of 2020. The college has 26 majors and also offers minors and pre-professional programs. Almost 1,400 students were enrolled at Centre College in Fall 2018.
Residents have access to two additional schools in Wilmore, which is almost 20 miles from Danville. Asbury Theological Seminary enrolls around 250 students in its graduate-level programs, while Asbury University offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs to almost 1,700 students.
Economy and Industry Info
The largest industry in Danville is healthcare, with 2,900 residents employed in this field, according to 2012 economic census info. An additional 1,643 residents work in the retail trade, 557 in administrative and support and waste management and remediation services, and 359 in finance and insurance.
Danville has a medical center that serves as a regional hub to 18 surrounding counties. Other large businesses in the area include American Greetings, the Timberland Company and Denyo Manufacturing.