Best Places to Live

Danville, KY

Population: 16,542
Photo: Clay Jackson

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Voters in the recent Rand McNally Best of the Road contest picked Danville, KY, as one of the best small towns in the country. After further research, we have to agree.

Danville is located in a beautiful part of the country that gets the full benefit of all four seasons. It features charming neighborhoods, and residents take great pride in their city. Life here seems to move at a slower pace, but that doesn't mean there's a lack of things to do.

Community events include the Lawn Chair Film Festival, Kentucky BBQ Festival and the Great American Brass Band Festival. For those who like to stay active, there's an outdoor pool, sport and fitness center, walking trails, and skate park. Danville is just minutes from the Marion County Wildlife Management Area and State Forest and Herrington Lake. Bluegrass Pizza & Pub, 303 W of Danville, and Mermaid's Bar & Bistro top the list of the most popular of 50-plus restaurants in Danville listed on Yelp.com. 

Turns out there's an even smaller town in this small town. Danville is home to the Great American Dollhouse Museum, which includes a miniature set from the early 1900s. Other attractions include the Pioneer Playhouse, one of the oldest outdoor theaters in the country and a premier concert venue, The Norton Center for the Arts on the campus of Centre College.

Several well-known companies help make up Danville's diverse economy such as outdoor footwear company Timberland, which has a distribution center here; Panasonic Home Appliances, which operates a vacuum factory in Danville; and Caterpillar Inc., which has a manufacturing facility.

Nearest Big City: Lexington – 34 miles

What Else is Here: Farmers market, dog park, Abraham Lincoln Museum, Constitution Square State Historic Site, Kentucky School for the Deaf, The Battlefield of Perryville and West T. Hill Community Theatre

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See where Danville ranked on our list of Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation.