From a population standpoint, Denton County is the ninth largest county in Texas. Named after Texas militia captain John B. Denton, it is one of the fastest-growing counties in the country, with 45 cities and towns residing (at least partly) within county lines. One of those communities is its county seat, the city of Denton. Located less than an hour’s drive north from Dallas, on the northern tip of the DFW Metroplex, Denton was incorporated in 1866, only two years after the formation of Denton County. The city truly became established after the construction of both the University of North Texas in 1890 and the Texas Woman’s University in 1901.
As the years went by, the city saw slow and steady growth, that is until the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport came around. After its construction, Denton’s population was rapidly rising, making it the seventh fastest growing city in America by the year 2011. Today, it is estimated that more than 128,000 people reside in Denton, Texas.
Being the county seat, Denton is home to the historic Denton County Courthouse located in the city’s downtown square. The historic Courthouse that was built in 1895 out of Texas limestone was replaced by a newer courthouse on McKinney Avenue, but the building is still utilized as (among other things) the home of the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum. “The Square” and the surrounding downtown area has more than 140 beautifully renovated buildings from the turn of the 20th century, boasting recognition as a Texas Historical Commission Main Street City.
While visiting downtown Denton, one can find just about anything they are looking for. From unique restaurants, like the Abbey Inn, to desserts at Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, to locally-owned specialty shoppes, it would take days to enjoy everything Denton has to offer.
If you’re a music buff, Denton is known to some as the mecca of independent music in the DFW. Partly due to the large population of students in the area, live music is somewhat of a city staple. Just stop into any of the local taverns (and even a few restaurants) on any given Friday and you’re likely to find a group of musicians giving it their all.
Students in Denton primarily attend Denton Independent School District, which has recently been rated “Academically Acceptable” by the Texas Education Agency. Smaller parts of the city are served by Argyle ISD and Sanger ISD as well. The city is also home to several private and alternative schools. Post-graduates can either attend the Texas Woman’s University which has the largest Nursing college in the state or the University of North Texas, the fourth-largest university in the state. UNT’s College of Music is nationally recognized as the first school to offer a degree in the field of jazz.
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