About Danville

For over 130 years, Danville's history has been one of change and growth. Often referred to as the "Heart of the San Ramon Valley," Danville was first populated by Indians who lived next to the creeks and camped on Mount Diablo in the summer. Later it was part of Mission San Jose's grazing land and a Mexican land grant called Rancho San Ramon.


Danville was settled and named by Americans drawn here by the California Gold rush. Daniel and Andrew Inman bought 400 acres of Old Town Danville with their mining earnings in 1854, after living here for a summer two years earlier. By 1858, the community boasted a blacksmith, a hotel, a wheelwright and a general store and the townsfolk wanted a post office.

But what should the community be called? In an article years later, Dan Inman said "quite a number (of names) were suggested." He and Andrew rejected "Inmanville," finally settling on Danville. According to the modest Dan, the name was chosen as much or more out of respect for Andrew's mother-in-law who was born and raised near Danville, Kentucky. Of course it also recognized the energetic young Dan who was later an Alameda County Assemblyman and Supervisor.

The Danville Post Office opened in 1860 with hotel owner Henry W. Harris as the first postmaster. Harris reported in 1862 that there were 20 people living in the town proper, with 200 ballots cast in the last general election. Hearing stories of the prosperity to be found in California, people from the mid-west and east began to settle in Danville and the surrounding valleys. Most new residents had been farmers and observed that the valley land was fertile and the weather benign, altogether an ideal place to settle. The 1869 census counted nearly 1800 people in the combined Danville and Lafayette areas. They squatted or purchased land from the Mexican and other owners and established ranches, farms and businesses.

Settlers raised cattle and sheep and grew wheat, barley and onions. Later the farms produced hay, a wide variety of fruit crops (apples, plums, pears), walnuts and almonds. In the 1800's horses and wagons hauled these products north to the docks at Pacheco and Martinez, following Road No. 2, which wound by San Ramon Creek and was almost impassable in the rainy season.

  • Total Population: 43,691 * * As of 1/1/15 - based on California Department of Finance numbers
    Male: 20,200 (47.1%) Female: 22,691 (52.9%)
  • Race Demographics  *
    White: 35,762 (83.4%) Asian: 4,922 (11.5%) Black or African American: 484 (1.1%) Hispanic: 2,467 (5.8%)
  • Age Demographics *
    Under 19: 12,602 (29.4%) Between 19 and 65: 23,495 (54.8%) Over 65: 6,794 (15.8%)
  • Household Income * Median Household Income: 129,720 Mean Household Income: 162,783
    Households Income <$50K: 2,299 (14.3%) Households Income $50K - $100K: 3,231 (20.1%) Households Income $100K - $150K: 3,199 (19.9%) Households Income >$150K: 7,330 (45.6%)
  • Household Characteristics *
    Median Home Price:     $1,043,597   (Figure provided by Contra Costa Assoc. of Realtors 2015) Owner-Occupied Units: 13,224 (84%) Renter-Occupied Units: 2,461 (16%) Persons Per Household: 2.79

Civilian Employed Population

16 Years and Over: 19,005



Management, business, science, and arts occupation: 11,564 (60.8%)

Service occupations: 1,156 (6.1%)

Sales and office occupations: 5,265 (27.7%)

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations: 500 (2.6%)

Production, transportation, and material moving occupations: 520 (2.7%)



Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining: 66 (0.3%)

Construction: 1,098 (5.8%)

Manufacturing: 2,103 (11.1%)

Wholesale trade: 797 (4.2%)

Retail trade: 1,832 (9.6%)

Transportation and warehousing, and utilities: 699 (3.7%)

Information: 773 (4.1%)

Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing: 2,933 (15.4%)

Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services: 3,323 (17.5%)

Educational services, and health care and social assistance: 3,369 (17.7%)

Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services: 839 (4.4%)

Other services, except public administration: 437 (2.3%)

Public administration: 736 (3.9%)


Adult Population in Labor Force: 20,072 (63.9%)

Employed: 19,005 (60.5%)

Unemployed: 1,067 (3.4%)

Not in Labor Force: 11,326 (36.1%)

Unemployment Rate: 5.30%

Class of Worker

Private Wage and Salary Workers: 14,597 (76.8%)

Government Workers: 2,112 (11.1%)

Self-employed (not incorporated business workers): 2,282 (12%)

Unpaid Family Workers: 14 (0.1%)

Commuting to Work

Car, truck, or van (drove alone): 13,980 (75.1%)

Car, truck, or van (carpooled): 1,186 (6.4%)

Public transportation (excluding taxicab): 1,083 (5.8%)

Walked: 283 (1.5%)

Other Means: 152 (0.8%)

Worked at Home: 1,920 (10.3%)


















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