Danville, West Virginia

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Danville, West Virginia
Town
Location of Danville, West Virginia
Location of Danville, West Virginia
Coordinates: 38°4′40″N 81°50′9″W / 38.07778°N 81.83583°W / 38.07778; -81.83583Coordinates: 38°4′40″N 81°50′9″W / 38.07778°N 81.83583°W / 38.07778; -81.83583
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Boone
Area[1]
 • Total 1.08 sq mi (2.80 km2)
 • Land 1.07 sq mi (2.77 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 699 ft (213 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 691
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 684
 • Density 645.8/sq mi (249.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 25053
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-20212[4]
GNIS feature ID 1537999[5]
This photo from 1974 is captioned: "Coal yard with loaded rail cars ready to be shipped to customers out of Danville, West Virgina, 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 by the Circuit Court and named for Dan Rock, the town's first postmaster. Danville was formerly known as Newport and Red House.

Geography[edit]

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),[6] 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.[1]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 691 people, 303 households, and 150 families residing 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.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 550 people, 285 households, and 139 families residing in the town. The population density was 507.3 per square mile (195.9 /km2). There were 325 housing units at an average density of 299.7 per square mile (115.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.27% White, 0.36% African American, 0.18% Native American, and 0.18% from two or more races.

There were 285 households out of which 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.4% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 51.2% were non-families. Of all households, 48.1% were made up of individuals and 24.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.93 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the town the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 77.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $21,369, and the median income for a family was $26,397. Males had a median income of $33,125 versus $23,333 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,469. About 13.1% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.3% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Public services[edit]

Danville is serviced by the Danville Volunteer Fire Department.[7] The department is a fully volunteer organization with an annual budget of $150,000 per year. It provides fire protection and rescue services to the Town of Danville and surrounding areas covering 30 miles (48 km) of Route 119 (Corridor "G").

The Zip code population of Danville, WV was 3,376 in 2,000. It was an estimated 3,301 in 2008.[8]

In popular culture[edit]

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.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ Danville Volunteer Fire Department
  8. ^ city-data.com
  9. ^ "Danville Girl". Traditionalmusic. Retrieved June 2014.