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Overview

Introduction to Denton, Texas

The Texas city of Denton is located about 40 miles northwest of Dallas and about 38 miles northeast of Fort Worth. Together, the three cities comprise an area traditionally referred to as the "Golden Triangle." The city is served by three major highways: Interstate 35, U.S. Route 380, and U.S. Route 377.

Founded in 1856 and later incorporated in 1866, the city of Denton is the county seat of Denton County. Both the city and county were named for John B. Denton, a prominent lawyer, preacher, and soldier. Denton is home to two major Universities: the University of North Texas (UNT) which is the largest university in north Texas and the third largest in the state; and Texas Woman's University (TWU) which despite its name is open to both genders. Music fans will recognize Denton as the home town of Grammy Award winning band Brave Combo and also of the Grammy Award winning 1 O'Clock Lab band. It is also the former habitat of UNT alumni Roy Orbison, Pat Boone, and Don Henley.

Attractions in and around Denton

Denton hosts several festivals and functions throughout the calendar year. The Denton Jazz and Arts festival, held every spring (usually the last three days of April) is a major draw, attracting thousands of visitors from around the nation. Other annual events include the Fry Street Fair, Twilight Tunes, Dog Days of Summer, and Cinco de Mayo. Racing fans can enjoy the Texas Motor Speedway, located 14 miles south of Denton, and the Denton Dragway, about 5 miles north of the city. Some of the area's cultural sites include:

  • Bayless-Selby House Museum
  • Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum
  • Denton County Historical Museum and Texas Heritage Center
  • Gowns of the First Ladies of Texas
  • Hangar 10 Flying Museum
  • UNT Sky Theatre Planetarium
  • Historic Downtown Denton
  • Little Chapel-in-the-Woods

Sports fans can find plenty of professional action in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The following pro teams are all located less than an hour's drive from Denton:

  • Major League Baseball: Texas Rangers (Arlington)
  • National Football League: Dallas Cowboys
  • National Basketball Association: Dallas Mavericks
  • National Hockey League: Dallas Stars
  • Major League Soccer (MLS): FC Dallas
  • American Association Baseball: Fort Worth Cats (an independent minor league team)

Also located in Fort Worth are: the Fort Worth Flyers, a basketball team in the NBA Development League; and the Fort Worth Brahmas of the Central Hockey League, who have suspended operations for the 2006-2007 season due to stadium leasing problems, but remain a franchise in good standing in the CHL whose clear objective is to return to action in the near future. The Texas Tycoons are a team in the American Basketball Association who tentatively plan to move their home from Fort Worth to Dallas in 2007.

People

Total Population 125,734
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 9.5%
Employed Population 16+ 61,703
Age of the Population 28

Families

% of people married 37.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.2%
Median Earnings25+ $32,585
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,174
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,899

Wealth

Median Family Income $67,851
% Above Poverty Level 79.4%
% Below Poverty Level 20.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.7%
Median Gross Rent $894
Median House Value $154,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.5%
Irish 10.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Denton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 33 miles N of Arlington, Texas
County Denton
Standard Zip Codes 76201, 76205, 76207, 76208, 76209, 76210
P.O. Box Zip Codes 76202, 76203, 76204, 76206
Phone Area Codes 940
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.214
Longitude -97.132

Denton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station DENTON 2 SE
Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 53 F
Apr Temp 52 to 74 F
Jul Temp 73 to 94 F
Oct Temp 54 to 76 F
Annual Precip 37.7 inches
Station GRAPEVINE DAM
Distance 18.9 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 54 F
Apr Temp 51 to 75 F
Jul Temp 73 to 96 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 34.6 inches
Station DALLAS-FT WORTH INTL AP
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 54 F
Apr Temp 54 to 76 F
Jul Temp 75 to 95 F
Oct Temp 56 to 78 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Argyle 3,612 $112,034
Corinth 20,614 $98,233

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Denton Public Libraries

Library
Denton Public Library
502 OAKLAND ST
Denton, Texas
(940) 349-8566
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Denton Hospitals

PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL OF DENTON
(Proprietary)
3000 N I-35
(940) 898-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

NORTH TEXAS HOSPITAL
(Government - Federal)
2801 SOUTH MAYHILL ROAD
(940) 220-0600
Emergency Service: Yes

DENTON REHABILITATION HOSPITAL LP
(Proprietary)
2809 MAYHILL ROAD
(972) 712-3394
Emergency Service: Yes

DENTON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
3535 SOUTH I35 EAST
(940) 384-3535
Emergency Service: Yes

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Denton High Schools

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RYAN H S
5101 E MCKINNEY
940-369-3000
Serves 1,981 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

DENTON H S
1007 FULTON
940-369-2000
Serves 1,912 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

FRED MOORE HIGH SCHOOL
815 CROSS TIMBERS ST
940-369-4000
A Non-traditional School
Serves 80 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

NELSON CTR
1205 W UNIVERSITY DR
940-369-4078
A Non-traditional School
Serves 59 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

JUVENILE DETENT CTR
410 S WOODROW
940-349-2468
A Non-traditional School
Serves 46 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.6

TOUCHSTONE ACADEMY
690 WYE ST
940-369-4050
A Non-traditional School
Serves 44 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.3

DENTON CO J J A E P
210 S WOODROW LN
940-898-5840
A Non-traditional School
Serves 3 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 0.5

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