Get to know Denton, TX

The city is named after the Texas militia captain and pioneer John B. Denton.  The city was incorporated in 1866 and expanded into an agricultural trade center.  In 1881 the Texas and Pacific Railway provided Denton with the first rail connection.  This led to a huge increase in the population.  The population again grew as what would become the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University were founded and transformed the economy and culture of the city.  The completion of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in 1974 spurred rapid growth in Denton again.  The city is known for its live music scene.  Denton is often seen as a college town with both the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University located in the city.  The city is located on the southern end of Tornado Alley.  While tornado watches are occasionally issued, tornadoes rarely form in the city.  Popular attractions include the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo, an annual event that promotes the cowboy culture, as well as the Shiloh Field Community Garden, which is the largest community garden in the United States.  The largest employer in Denton is the University of North Texas.  Famous residents have included Jason Lee and the members of the band Bowling for Soup.

Quick Facts

Population: 122,742

Median Household Income: $48,518

Median Property Value: $149,200

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