Danville, California, nestled in the San Ramon Valley is 30 miles from San Francisco but a world away. Flanked by the Las Trampas Ridge to the west and the Diablo Range in the east, the town stands in full view of the majestic Mount Diablo. Danville has a small town charm which is welcoming and dear to its residents.
The area of northern California where Danville is located enjoys sunshine and mild weather practically year round, except for the winter months when the rainy season in Northern California starts. The temperate weather is ideal for outdoor activities and recreation in the nearby parks and public open spaces. People enjoy hiking, biking, and horseback riding on the numerous trails in the surrounding areas.
Danville is well-known for its expensive real estate and coveted country clubs. From chic downtown condominiums to large country estates, homes are often more than $1 million.
Historically, the area where Danville is located was inhabited by Native Americans who migrated from the creeks in the winter to the upper reaches of Mount Diablo in the winter. Over time, the area came under the control of Mission San Jose and was part of a land grant, Rancho San Ramon. The town, as we now know it, was founded by Daniel Inman and his brother Andrew who invested their gold rush earnings in 1854 and purchased 10,000 acres of land.
Danville is near several large business and cultural hubs such as San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and Silicon Valley. Served by the 680 freeway, the town is mostly residential with residents commuting to San Francisco and neighboring towns. Since Danville residents incorporated their town in 1982, it has grown over the last three decades into a vibrant community with highly-ranked public schools, a busy commercial downtown, and cultural events.
Residents of Danville number just over 42,000. The town is family-friendly and the city provides many community programs and events. Danville is an excellent place to raise a family or to start a home.
The schools in town are among the highest ranked in the nation for academic achievements. The town of Danville belongs to the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. There are 35 schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and more than 30,000 students attend the public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. There are also several private schools in Danville that offer a high standard of education.
There are many things to do in and around Danville. From shopping, dining, annual events, and sporting activities such as golf, hiking, and biking, there’s a range of activities for everyone in the family. Danville’s proximity to the beautiful coastal area and seashore gives make it easy to go and spend a day on the beach.
Danville is a very desirable place to live. Its beautiful surroundings, parks and recreational areas and fine restaurants make it a destination for visitors and home for its residents.
Danville Schools are included in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
- (John) Baldwin Elementary School
- Del Amigo High (Continuation)
- Diablo Vista Middle School
- Creekside Elementary School
- Green Valley Elementary School
- Greenbrook Elementary School
- Los Cerros Middle School
- Montair Elementary School
- Monte Vista High School
- Sycamore Valley Elementary School
- Tassajara Hills Elementary School
- Vista Grande Elementary School
- Charlotte Wood Middle School
- San Ramon Valley High School
- San Ramon Valley Christian Academy (Christian)
- St. Isidore’s School (Roman Catholic)
- The Athenian School (non-denominational)
Danville located in California’s San Ramon Valley in Contra Costa County is home to just over 42,000 people, per the figures collected during the 2010 U.S. Census. Since the town was incorporated in 1984, its population has increased by 25%. Danville’s proximity to San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area makes it a very desirable location and home to some very exclusive real estate.
Danville’ zip code ranks 41st among the most expensive zip codes in America according to finance magazine, Business week. In addition Danville is among California’s 25 wealthiest cities, and has a reputation of being among the wealthiest suburbs of San Francisco’s East Bay Area.
Most Danville residents are employed in the Northern California area, while a fair number commute as far as San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Danville is a short distance from major commercial and technology centers in the San Francisco Bay Area such as Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Sunnyvale which are some of the larger cities in the East Bay and South Bay.
The majority of Danville’s residents, just over 83 percent, are Caucasian. Ten percent of the town’s residents are of Asian descent, making up the second largest ethnic group in Danville. Latinos and people of Hispanic descent comprise the third largest ethnic group in Danville. African Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islands and a variety of other ethnic groups make up the rest of the town’s population.
With the heavy concentration of expensive real estate in Danville, nearly 85 percent of residents own their own homes. In contrast, renting in Danville is less prevalent with less than 16 percent of the residents identifying themselves renters.
Danville is a family-oriented town. The numbers speak for themselves. Nearly seven out of every 10 Danville households are made up of married couples. Less than 20 percent of the homes in Danville are occupied by single people. Thirty nine percent of the more than 15,000 households have children under the age of 18 residing in them.
As a result, public services and activities for children are a big part of life in Danville. There are many schools, parks, and family-friendly activities in Danville for residents and visitors to enjoy. The weekly Farmers Market on Saturday near the San Ramon Valley Museum is a favorite shopping and gathering place for the community who come out to buy fresh local produce and foods. The Danville Library also hosts many reading events and educational programs for toddlers, children, teens, adults, and seniors. And for a great way to get to know our town better, you can go on walking tours put together by the Danville Historical Society. The walks will take you by the famous historical sites and landmarks that shaped Danville into what it is today.
Danville, California is a rare and unique community that has local charm, warm hospitality, and some of the best outdoor and recreational areas in the region.