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Danville, West Virginia
Danville Community Center
Danville Community Center
Location of Danville in Boone County, West Virginia.
Location of Danville in Boone County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Boone
Area
 • Total 1.08 sq mi (2.81 km2)
 • Land 1.07 sq mi (2.77 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
699 ft (213 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 691
 • Estimate 
(2019)
602
 • Density 562.62/sq mi (217.24/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
25053
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-20212
GNIS feature ID 1537999
COAL YARD WITH LOADED RAIL CARS READY TO BE SHIPPED TO CUSTOMERS OUT OF DANVILLE, WEST VIRGINIA, NEAR CHARLESTON. IT... - NARA - 556407
This photo from 1974 is captioned: "Coal yard with loaded rail cars ready to be shipped to customers out of Danville, West Virginia, near Charleston. It is one of the largest transshipment points for coal in the world. A constant stream of rail cars loaded with coal is moved in and out of the small town."

Danville is a town in Boone County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 691 at the 2010 census. Danville was incorporated in 1911 and named for Dan Rock, the town's first postmaster. Danville was formerly known as Newport and Red House.

Geography

Danville is located at 38°4′40″N 81°50′9″W / 38.07778°N 81.83583°W / 38.07778; -81.83583 (38.077863, -81.835696), along the Little Coal River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.08 square miles (2.80 km2), of which, 1.07 square miles (2.77 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 327
1930 486 48.6%
1940 417 −14.2%
1950 544 30.5%
1960 507 −6.8%
1970 580 14.4%
1980 727 25.3%
1990 595 −18.2%
2000 550 −7.6%
2010 691 25.6%
2019 (est.) 602 −12.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 691 people, 303 households, and 150 families living in the town. The population density was 645.8 inhabitants per square mile (249.3/km2). There were 334 housing units at an average density of 312.1 per square mile (120.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.1% White, 0.6% African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 303 households, of which 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.3% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.5% were non-families. 44.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 25.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.98 and the average family size was 2.72.

The median age in the town was 53.6 years. 14.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.9% were from 25 to 44; 28.4% were from 45 to 64; and 31.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 44.1% male and 55.9% female.

In popular culture

Folk musician Dock Boggs composed "Danville Girl":

Well I got off at Danville
Got stuck on the Danville girl
You bet your life she's out of sight
She wore those Danville curls.

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