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Danville, Arkansas
Location of Danville in Yell County, Arkansas.
Location of Danville in Yell County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Yell
 • Total 4.33 sq mi (11.21 km2)
 • Land 4.28 sq mi (11.09 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
348 ft (106 m)
 • Total 2,028
 • Density 473.83/sq mi (182.95/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-17320
GNIS feature ID 0081853

Danville is a city in Yell County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 2,409 at the 2010 census. Along with Dardanelle, it is one of two county seats for Yell County.

Danville is part of the Russellville Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Danville is located at 35°3′13″N 93°23′30″W / 35.05361°N 93.39167°W / 35.05361; -93.39167 (35.053572, -93.391623).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11 km2), of which 4.2 square miles (11 km2) is land and 0.1-square-mile (0.26 km2) (1.40%) is water.


After Yell County was created in 1840, local commissioners met to select a site for the county seat, settling on what is now Danville as the best location. The city was laid out in December 1841 by James Briggs, James Williams, and Nerick Morse. The home of William Peevy in Monrovia, a few miles north of Danville, was used as a temporary county seat in the interim. The city was named after the steamboat Danville, which plied the Petit Jean River in the 1840s. A log courthouse was constructed at Danville in 1844, though this was replaced by a frame building by 1850. A Masonic lodge was organized in Danville in the late 1840s. The number of creeks in the area led to the construction of numerous water power mills around Danville.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 200
1900 600
1910 803 33.8%
1920 833 3.7%
1930 761 −8.6%
1940 1,010 32.7%
1950 829 −17.9%
1960 955 15.2%
1970 1,362 42.6%
1980 1,698 24.7%
1990 1,585 −6.7%
2000 2,392 50.9%
2010 2,409 0.7%
2020 2,028 −15.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate

2020 census

Danville racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 858 42.31%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 16 0.79%
Native American 11 0.54%
Asian 22 1.08%
Pacific Islander 2 0.1%
Other/Mixed 51 2.51%
Hispanic or Latino 1,068 52.66%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,028 people, 657 households, and 501 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the 2010 census Danville had a population of 2,409. The ethnic and racial composition of the population was 52.6% Hispanic or Latino, 42.1% non-Hispanic white, 2.1% African-American, 0.6% Native American, 1.5% Asian (all not from the generally delineated sub-groups) and 3.1% reporting two or more races.


Public education for elementary and secondary school students is available from the Danville School District, which leads to graduation from Danville High School. The district and high school's mascot and athletic emblem is the Little Johns.

Notable people

  • Alfred Surratt, born in Danville, was an American baseball outfielder for the Kansas City Monarchs, a Negro league baseball franchise based in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1947 until 1952.
  • Lloyd R. George, former Danville Mayor, served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1963-1967 and 1973–1997.
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