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Denton, Texas

Denton Texas
Full nameCity of Denton
Official nameCity of Denton
Settlement typeCity
MottoNorth of Ordinary
CountryUnited States
City CouncilMayor Mark Burroughs
Mayor Pro Tem Pete Kamp
Kevin Roden
Jim Engelbrecht
Chris Watts
Dalton Gregory
James King
City ManagerGeorge C. Campbell
Total Area62.3 sq mi (161.4 km2)
Land Area61.5 sq mi (159.3 km2)
Water Area0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
Elevation642 ft (195.7 m)
Total Population119454 (2010)
Density (pop.)724.9/km2 (1878.1/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)6145037
Other information
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
- Summer (DST)CST (UTC-5)
Zip Codes76201 through 76210
Area code940
FIPS code48-19972
GNIS feature ID1334260

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The city of Denton is the county seat of Denton County, Texas in the United States. Its population was 119,454 according to the 2010 U.S. Census, making it the eleventh largest city in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Geographically, it is situated 38 mi (61.2 km) south of the Oklahoma Texas border and 39 mi (62.8 km) northwest of Dallas.

Denton is home to two state universities, the University of North Texas, the largest university in North Texas, and Texas Woman's University, a historically single-sex college completely co-ed since 1994. Altogether, over 45,000 students participate in courses at the two universities. The presence of these two large universities leads to Denton being characterized frequently as a college town.

A Texas land grant led to the formation of Denton County in 1846, and the city in 1857. Both were named after pioneer and Texas militia captain John B. Denton. The establishment of the two universities helped distinguish the city from neighboring regions. As a result, educational services, as well as retail trade, play the largest roles in Denton's economy. The town is known for its active music life, which Paste magazine named America's "Best Music Scene" in 2008. The annual North Texas State Fair and Rodeo and the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival are major events that attract over 300,000 people. Denton has seen considerable growth in recent years and in 2006, Money magazine named Denton No. 58 out of the "Top 100 Best Places to Live in America."

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