QUALITY OF LIFE:
Danville was named one of the Top Ten Small Towns in the United States in 2012 by Livability.com. Source: http://livability.com/top-10/top-10-small-towns-2012/danville/ky
Danville was one of 6 finalists for "Most Beautiful" among the Best Small Towns in America in the 2012 Rand McNally/USA TODAY Best of the Road competition. Source: http://www.bestoftheroad.com/
Boyle County ranked #10 on The Progressive Farmer magazine’s Top 100 List of the Best Rural Places to Live in the Southeast region of the United States for 2008. Source: http://articles.centralkynews.com/2008-03-07/news/24866088_1_livable-communities-magazine-great-place
Danville was one of 10 small towns “going strong” that were featured in TIME magazine’s “A Small-Town Sampler” as “places where people want to live” in its December 8, 1997 edition, the cover of which was titled “Why More Americans are Fleeing to Small Towns”. Source: http://www.time.com/
Boyle County is #24 among the healthiest counties in Kentucky in 2013, up from #30 in 2012, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Sources: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/kentucky/2013/rankings/outcomes/overall/by-rank;http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/kentucky/2012/rankings/outcomes/overall/by-rank.
“CAN DO” ATTITUDE:
Known as the “City of Firsts”, Danville is the location of:
- The first college (Transylvania Seminary) west of the Allegheny Mountains in 1783.
- The first courthouse (U.S. District Court) in Kentucky in 1785.
- The first political society (the Danville Political Club) in 1786.
- The first post office west of the Allegheny Mountains in 1792.
- The first law school west of the Allegheny Mountains in 1799.
- The first successful abdominal surgery performed by Dr. Ephraim McDowell in 1809.
- The oldest college administration building and campus (Centre College) west of the Allegheny Mountains, built in 1819.
- The first state-supported school for the deaf in the United States in 1823.
- The first private home school for black students in Kentucky by 1850, taught by Willis Russell.
- The first public school for black students in Kentucky, established by John W. Bate in 1881.
Danville was the site of 10 conventions advocating Kentucky statehood from 1785 to 1792, culminating adoption of the first Kentucky state constitution and Kentucky becoming the 15th state of the Union on June 1, 1792. These events are now memorialized by the Constitution Square Historic Site in downtown Danville. Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_Square_State_Historic_Site
Danville’s Centre College was selected as the host site for two Vice Presidential Debates in 2000 (Vice President Dick Cheney – U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman) and again in 2012 (Vice President Joe Biden – U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan) by the Commission on Presidential Debates. These debates were staged at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts. Sources:http://www.debates.org/index.php?page=2012-debates#anchor-two;http://www.debates.org/index.php?page=2000-debates; http://www.centre.edu/centredebate2012/
Danville was named one of the Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation in 2012 by Livability.com. Source: http://livability.com/top-10/top-10-cities-for-historic-preservation-/danville/ky
Danville was ranked #9 among the Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation in the United States by Preservation Network in September 2012. Source:http://www.preservation.com/
Danville was named a Great American Main Street Award winner by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2001. Source:http://www.preservationnation.org/resources/case-studies/gamsa/2001/danville-kentucky.html#.UTdVnxx_CSo
(4) Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site was named Kentucky's best Civil War site in April 2013 by KentuckyLiving magazine's 2013 Best in Kentucky awards. Source:http://www.kentuckyliving.com/article.asp?articleid=3767&issueid=397
Southern Business & Development magazine named Danville one of "Top Ten Wonderful Small Town Central Business Districts in the South" in its Winter 2013 edition. Source: http://www.sb-d.com/Features/TopTenSmallTowns/tabid/564/Default.aspx
The March 2013 edition of SITE Selection magazine ranked the Danville Micropolitan Area (Boyle and Lincoln Counties) #86 among 581 micro communities in the United States, #4 in Kentucky for new and expanding business projects in 2012. Source: http://www.siteselection.com/issues/2013/mar/top-micros.cfm. From 2009 to 2011, Danville ranked among the top 14 micros nationally (#12 in 2009, #14 in 2010, #13 in 2011) and was the top-performing Kentucky micropolitan area for 3 years in a row! Sources: http://siteselection.com/issues/2012/mar/top-micropolitans-of-2011.cfm;http://www.siteselection.com/issues/2011/mar/Top-Micropolitans-of-2010.cfm;http://www.siteselection.com/issues/2010/mar/Top-Micropolitans.cfm.
Southern Business & Development magazine named Danville as one of the “101 Great Locations in the South for Aviation & Aerospace” in a special edition of its December 2008 publication. Source: http://articles.centralkynews.com/2009-01-06/news/24851197_1_aviation-and-aerospace-aviation-related-danville
Where to Retire Magazine named Danville as one of "8 Great Small Towns" in its spring 2015 issue.
CNN/Money magazine ranked Danville among the "25 Best Places to Retire" in the United States for two years in a row, 2011 and 2012. Sources: http://money.cnn.com/gallery/retirement/2012/10/16/best-places-retire.moneymag/20.html;http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bpretire/2011
In October 2010, Bankrate, Inc., named Danville as one of "10 Great Places to Retire in the U.S." based upon median home prices for communities named in Elizabeth Armstrong's book "America's 100 Best Places to Retire". Source: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/retirement/10-great-places-to-retire-in-the-u-s-1.aspx
Best Boomer Towns continues to rank Danville among the "Best 21 U.S. Places for Retirement" for Baby Boomers to thrive. Source: http://bestboomertowns.com/