Denton, Texas Population 2020

138,541

Denton is located in Denton County, Texas about 40 miles northwest of Dallas. It's the 12th largest city in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex which stretches over 13 counties and has a combined population of 7.5 million. While Denton isn't a very large city, it draws in more than twice its population every year for festivals like the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo. In 2019, Denton has an estimated population of 138,541.

History

Denton's history began in the mid-1800s when William S. Peters got a land grant from the Texas Congress and founded a colony in his name. A few years following this, Denton County was formed, and the town was renamed Denton.

In 1866, Denton was incorporated, and as the city was expanding, it grew into a major agricultural trade center. The Texas and Pacific Railway was built in 1881 and gave Denton a rail connection that led to a booming population.

Denton’s connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and the building of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport saw a near doubling in population growth between the 1960s and the 1980s. Heavy manufacturing companies moved in, joining older firms, and saw the population continue to grow more so into the 1990s and 2000s.

Population Growth

The opening of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in 1974, in addition to the city's growing status within the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex in the decade previously, saw an increase from 27,000 in 1960 to 40,000. The second-largest leap in population came in the 1980s, with a growth of an additional 18,000 people, culminating in a population of 66,000 in 1990.

None of this compares, however, to Denton’s largest decade of growth: the 2000s. Denton has seen rapid growth in recent years, along with the majority of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, and has become the country’s seventh fastest growing city. In the year 2000, the population sat at 80,000. By 2010, this had skyrocketed to 117,000: an increase of 36,000 people, or a percentage increase of more than 45%.

Denton is expected to grow faster than ever in the years to come thanks to greater sensitivity to the needs of developers and a shorter permitting process. There are now two master-planned communities proposed that would add 15,000 new homes to the city, increasing residential properties by nearly 50% (https://www.bisnow.com/dallas-ft-worth/news/economic-development/denton-county-poised-for-major-residental-growth-with-commercial-following-those-rooftops-97372).

Denton, Texas's estimated population is 138,541 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Denton, Texas is the 24th largest city in Texas based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 1445.28 people/mi² (558.02 people/km²).

The overall median age is 29.1 years, 28.8 years for males, and 29.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.1 males.

The median income for households in Denton, Texas is $, while the mean household income is $.

Denton Tx Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Denton Tx was:

  • White: 79.41%
  • Black or African American: 9.39%
  • Asian: 4.18%
  • Two or more races: 3.25%
  • Other race: 3.02%
  • Native American: 0.64%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.12%

How Many People Live in Denton, Texas?

138,541
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018138,5412,4591.81%
2017136,0821,8161.35%
2016134,2663,0622.33%
2015131,2042,8952.26%
2014128,3093,2092.57%
2013125,1001,4691.19%
2012123,6313,4942.91%
2011120,1373,0792.63%
2010117,05836,5213.81%
200080,53714,2671.97%
199066,27018,2073.26%
198048,0638,1891.89%
197039,87413,0304.04%
196026,8445,4722.31%
195021,37210,1806.68%
194011,1921,6051.56%
19309,5871,9612.31%
19207,6262,8944.89%
19104,7325451.23%
19004,1871,6295.05%
18902,5580.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White106,14079.41%
Black or African American12,5519.39%
Asian5,5814.18%
Two or More Races4,3413.25%
Some Other Race4,0433.02%
American Indian and Alaska Native8500.64%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1550.12%

Denton Tx Population Pyramid 2020

Denton Tx Median Age

29.1


Total

28.8


Male

29.5


Female

Denton Tx Adults

There are 107,241 adults, (14,472 of whom are seniors) in Denton Tx.

Denton Tx Age Dependency

44.1

Age Dependency Ratio

15.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Denton Tx Sex Ratio

Female

68,495

51.25%

Male

65,166

48.75%

Denton Tx Households and Families

Denton Tx Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Denton Tx Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.9%27.1%
All48%52%
Male41.1%58.9%
Female37.8%62.2%
Non Family26.1%73.9%

48.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All46,5612.6548
Married19,8253.2972.9
Non Family19,5611.6926.1
Female5,5063.5537.8
Male1,6693.441.1

3.25

Average Family Size

2.65

Average Household Size

6.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Denton Tx Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,6524.68%
9th to 12th Grade3,9565.07%
High School Graduate15,24619.53%
Some College19,26524.68%
Associates Degree6,1357.86%
Bachelors Degree19,33624.78%
Graduate Degree10,45513.40%

Denton Tx Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White52,39650,42522,528
Hispanic14,98710,3223,005
Black6,0775,2221,462
Asian2,9012,8392,152
Other Race2,3781,413329
Multiple Races1,5571,371615
Native American656605112
Islander1119049

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 97.86%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 74.18%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,771$41,437$31,710
Less Than High School$22,442$27,302$16,857
High School Grad$30,656$37,639$23,856
Some College$34,822$39,182$30,742
Bachelors Degree$47,852$53,861$42,767
Graduate Degree$54,336$60,806$48,689

$36,771

Average Earnings

$41,437

Average Male

$31,710

Average Female

Denton Tx Language

Denton Tx Language by Age

Denton Tx Language

77.21% of Denton Tx residents speak only English, while 22.79% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 17.09% of the population.

Denton Tx Poverty

Denton Tx Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White75,5349,54712.64%
Hispanic29,2697,31124.98%
Black10,5472,71425.73%
Asian4,7531,71536.08%
Other3,68771119.28%
Multiple3,90555014.08%
Native80510613.17%
Islander1554931.61%

17.74%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.73%

Male Poverty Rate

19.67%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Denton Tx

The race most likely to be in poverty in Denton Tx is Asian, with 36.08% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Denton Tx is White, with 12.64% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.04%. Among those working part-time, it was 32.47%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.35%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School21.71%
High School11.99%
Some College8.26%
Bachelors or Greater6.90%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed41.60%
Male Unemployed29.20%
Female Employed16.20%
Male Employed10.70%

Denton Tx Income

Denton Tx Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$56,489$73,561
Families$77,479$92,682
Married Families$93,093$108,031
Non Families$31,789$44,370

Denton Tx Marital Status

Denton Tx Marital Status

Marriage Rates

38.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.5%

Male Marriage Rate

36.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Denton Tx Married by Age and Sex

Denton Tx Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Denton Tx Marital Status by Race

Denton Tx Veterans

6,108

Number of Veterans

5,622

Male Veterans

486

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,224
First Gulf War1,594
Second Gulf War1,200
Korea386
World War II56

Denton Tx Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White5,3506.29%
Hispanic8453.76%
Black3363.17%
Other1735.13%
2 or More1064.15%
Indian9212.71%
Asian511.09%

Denton Tx Veterans by Education

6.64%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.89%

Veteran Disability Rate

Denton Tx Employment Status

67.6%

Labor Force Participation

63.6%

Employment Rate

5.8%

Unemployment Rate

Denton Tx Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

56.71%

Born in Texas

87.52%

Native Born

12.48%

Foreign Born

8.44%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

87.52% of Denton Tx residents were born in the United States, with 56.71% having been born in Texas. 8.44% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.