Danville is the largest city in the West Piedmont Planning District, with a population of 42,360, based on U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 – 2016 American Community Survey. Historically, Danville has played a large role in the tobacco and textile industries, and was once home to internationally-known Dan River Industries.
Danville’s downtown business district has historically consisted of the traditional downtown area, centered along Main Street, and the Tobacco Warehouse District, centered along Craghead Street. Both of these districts have fused together in recent years in what has become known as the River District.
Since 2010, Danville’s River District has experienced a great renaissance which has included the restoration and conversion of former tobacco warehouses into apartments and condos, resulting in an extraordinary amount of residential growth. The District has also exhibited an infusion of high quality restaurants and retail establishments, as well as professional office space. Redevelopment has been so successful in the River District, in fact, that this past July, officials from Watertown, Wisconsin traveled to Danville to glean ideas about how to revitalize their city.
Danville offers a multimodal transportation system as well as an outstanding system of parks. In addition to travel by automobile, the City operates a fixed-route transit system which serves all major areas of the city with multiple routes. The transit system’s Dial-a-Ride program serves as a more personalized transportation option, transporting individuals throughout the city on Weekdays and Saturdays. Three of the City’s major parks include Ballou, Dan Daniel Memorial, and Angler’s Parks. All of these facilities offer opportunities for active and passive recreation, with Dan Daniel Memorial Park serving as home to the Danville Braves – a minor league associate of the Atlanta Braves – and Anglers Park, whose mountain bike trail system was rated among the top in Virginia by Singletracks. The Danville Riverwalk Trail, extending about 9.5 miles from the vicinity of the Danville Regional Airport west to about the intersection of Riverside Drive and Mount Cross Road, threads these two major parks together like a string of pearls while providing cyclists and other trail users great views of the Dan River and the connecting the River District to other areas of the city. No bike? No problem! Zagster Bike Share operates five bike docking stations in and around the River District for residents and visitors alike to use.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s OnTheMap data, the top five locations from which workers commute to Danville include the City of Danville; Pittsylvania County; Caswell County, NC; Henry County; and Halifax County. The top five localities to which residents of Danville commute include the City of Danville; Pittsylvania County; the City of Lynchburg; Henry County; and Rockingham County, NC.