Denton, Texas

Denton: The seventh most populous city in Texas. It is located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area. Denton is known for its many colleges and universities, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the University of North Texas and the Denton Civic Center.


Denton is a city located in the county of Denton in the U.S. state of Texas. Its population at the 2010 census was 113,383 and a population density of 460 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 147,515 inhabitants.

The city was created 158 years ago in 1865.

Denton is a city located in north Texas, about 40 miles northwest of Dallas. With a population of over 147,000 residents, it is the 27th largest city in Texas. Denton serves as the county seat for Denton County.


The Denton area was first settled in the mid-1800s with the establishment of a courthouse square and saloons to serve cowboys and the Chisholm Trail. Denton thrived as a rural agriculture trading center after the arrival of railroads.

Denton was incorporated in 1866 and by the early 1900s, three colleges had been established, earning Denton the nickname “Little College Town.”

Role of Education

Denton is home to three large universities:

  • University of North Texas - A public research university with nearly 40,000 students.
  • Texas Woman's University - The largest state university for women in the U.S.
  • North Central Texas College - A community college enrolling over 8,000 students.

These colleges drive Denton's culture, economy, and diversity.

Music and Arts

Denton has a thriving local music scene that earned it the nickname “The Live Music Capital of North Texas.” Festivals like the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival attract over 200,000 attendees.

Denton combines small town charm with a hip, artistic vibe fueled by the student population. It provides a unique culture close to the Dallas metro area.

Denton locator map
Location of Denton on Texas map.

Quick Facts about Denton

Population : 147,515 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Texas (United States)
County : Denton County
Postal code : 76201–76210
Phone Area Codes : 940
Area : 246.27 km2
Named for : John B. Denton
Altitude : 640 feet / 195 meters
Capital city : Denton is capital of Denton County
Establishment : January 01, 1866 (158 years ago)
Time Zone : Central Time Zone
Local time : 07:32:54 (22nd June 2024)
Density : 599 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 23.14% (2010-2020)
Old Courthouse Denton TX image
Old Courthouse Denton TX
Old Courthouse Denton TX image


Denton is located at 33°12'53"N 97°7'59"W (33.2148400, -97.1330700).

Denton map

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The population of Denton increased by 23.14% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 113,383 - census
2011 120,101 5.59% estimation process
2012 123,573 2.81% estimation process
2013 125,030 1.17% estimation process
2014 128,217 2.49% estimation process
2015 131,154 2.24% estimation process
2016 134,261 2.31% estimation process
2017 135,629 1.01% estimation process
2018 138,315 1.94% estimation process
2019 141,541 2.28% estimation process
2020 147,515 4.05% estimation process

Denton zip code is 76201. County name: Denton, County fips: 48121

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People born in Denton (72)

People born in Denton, including composer and pianist Julia Smith, actress Ann Sheridan, admiral in the United States Navy Edward Walter Eberle, .


  • Ray Peterson (American musician) he was born in 23/04/1939
  • Herschel Evans (American musician) he was born in 09/03/1909
  • Jason Sasser (American basketball player) he was born in 03/01/1974
  • Sly Stone (American musician) he was born in 15/03/1943
  • Dylan Patton (American actor and model) he was born in 13/07/1992
  • Scott Atchison (American baseball player) he was born in 29/03/1976
  • Javy Guerra (Mexican-American baseball player) he was born in 31/10/1985
  • Jaret Reddick (American musician) he was born in 06/03/1972
  • Mark Dalton (American movie actor) he was born in 06/03/1980
  • Stanley George Payne (American historian) he was born in 09/09/1934
  • Jim Fielder (American musician) he was born in 04/10/1947
  • Mario Bennett (American basketball player) he was born in 01/08/1973
  • Suzanne Davis (American actress) she was born in 10/02/1974
  • Austin Jackson (baseball player from the United States) he was born in 01/02/1987
  • Jordan Malone (short track speed skater) he was born in 20/04/1984
  • Kelly Kraft (professional golfer) he was born in 05/10/1988
  • Ruth Gates (American actress (1887-1966)) she was born in 01/01/1886
  • Colton Shires (American actor) he was born in 16/10/1996

Schools in Denton

College & universities near Denton, TX

Code Name City ZIP
227216 University of North Texas Denton (TX) 76203-1277
229179 Texas Woman's University Denton (TX) 76204
478591 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Denton Denton (TX) 76205-7534
458098 The Salon Professional Academy-Lewisville Lewisville (TX) 75067
490522 Allgood Beauty Institute Frisco (TX) 75033-4112

Stations (7)

Amtrak & bus stations near Denton, TX

Code Name Address Type
GLE Gainesville 605 East California Street RAIL
FTW Fort Worth Central Station 1001 Jones Street RAIL
DAG Dallas, TX 205 South Lamar Street BUS
DAL Union Station 400 South Houston St. RAIL
MSQ Mesquite, TX 1331 Highway 80 East \r\n1331 Highway 80 East \r\n BUS

Post offices near Denton

Post Office Name City ZIP
Denton Post Office Denton (TX) 76201
Texas Womans University Post Office Denton (TX) 76204
Golden Triangl Post Office Denton (TX) 76205
Krum Post Office Krum (TX) 76249
Argyl Post Office Argyle (TX) 76226

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Other cities in Denton County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Denton County , TX. (more)

City Name Population Title
Lewisville 112,232 The second most populous city in Denton County, Texas.
Flower Mound 81,482 Town of Texas, United States
The Colony 45,498 A city in Denton County, Texas.
Corinth 22,365 City in Texas, United States
Plainview 19,670 City in Texas
Highland Village 16,885 City in Texas, United States
Trophy Club 12,636 Town of the United States
Roanoke 9,753 City in Denton County, Texas, United States
Sanger 9,133 City in Denton County, Texas, United States
Lake Dallas 8,124 City in Denton County, Texas, United States
Oak Point 6,820 City in Denton County, Texas, United States
Aubrey 6,433 City in Denton County, Texas, United States
Krum 5,412 City
Justin 4,718 City in the United States
Pilot Point 4,673 City in Alaska
Argyle 4,619 City in Texas, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Denton distances to largest Texas cities