The Town of Danville is located in the San Ramon Valley in Contra Costa County. It is one of the incorporated municipalities in California that uses "town" in its name instead of "city".
Often referred to as the "Heart of the San Ramon Valley," Danville was first populated by Native Americans who lived near creeks and camped on Mount Diablo in the summer. Later, it was part of Mission San José's grazing land and a Mexican land grant called Rancho San Ramon.
Danville offers the perfect blend of upscale amenities and small town charm. Its quaint character and convenient location just 30 miles east of San Francisco make it the perfect place to live, work, and play. Incorporated in 1982, the Town comprises 18 square miles with a population of approximately 43,146. Danville is known for its small-town atmosphere and its outstanding quality of life.
Danville hosts a farmers' market each Saturday next to the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, located in the historic Southern Pacific Railroad Train Depot. The Iron Horse Regional Trail runs through Danville. It was first a railroad that has been converted to an 80-foot (24 m) wide corridor of bike and hike trails as well as controlled intersections. Extending from Livermore to Concord, the trail passes through Danville.
Danville is also home to the Village Theatre and Art Gallery, hosting children's theatre, shows, and art discussions. Danville’s historic downtown features shops, restaurants, and art galleries that draw people from throughout the area. You’ll find epicurean adventures around every corner, like upscale eateries with one-of-a-kind menus and pizzerias with family-friendly fare. The community enjoys natural creeks, hiking and biking trails, and dedicated open space. Arts and culture abound at the Village Theatre and Art Gallery, The Museum of the San Ramon Valley, the Veterans Memorial Building, and the Tao House — home to America's only Nobel Prize winning playwright Eugene O'Neill.