Denton, Texas Population 2020

142,173
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Denton is a city located in Texas. With a 2020 population of 142,173, it is the 24th largest city in Texas and the 191st largest city in the United States. Denton is currently growing at a rate of 1.29% annually and its population has increased by 25.39% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 113,383 in 2010. Spanning over 98 miles, Denton has a population density of 1,477 people per square mile.

The average household income in Denton is $73,561 with a poverty rate of 17.74%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,046 per month, and the median house value is $196,900. The median age in Denton is 29.1 years, 28.8 years for males, and 29.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.1 males.

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.

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'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.

Denton Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Denton 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%
The current population of Denton, Texas is 142,173, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 138,541.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 113,383.

Denton, Texas Population 2020

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%
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Denton Population Pyramid 2020

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Denton Median Age

29.1


Total

28.8


Male

29.5


Female

Denton Adults

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

Denton Age Dependency

44.1

Age Dependency Ratio

15.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Denton Sex Ratio

Female

68,495

51.25%

Male

65,166

48.75%

Denton Households and Families

Denton Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Denton 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)

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Denton Education

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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%
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Denton Educational Attainment by Race

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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%.

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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 Language

Denton Language by Age

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Denton Language

77.21% of Denton 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 Poverty

Denton Poverty by Race

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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

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

The race least likely to be in poverty in Denton 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%.

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

Denton Income

Denton Income by Household Type

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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
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Denton Marital Status

Denton Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

38.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.5%

Male Marriage Rate

36.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Denton Married by Age and Sex

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Denton 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 Marital Status by Race

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Denton Veterans

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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
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Age Group Veterans
35 to 541,605
65 to 741,602
55 to 641,143
75+987
18 to 34771
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Name Veterans % of Total
White5,3506.29%
Hispanic8453.76%
Black3363.17%
Other1735.13%
2 or More1064.15%
Indian9212.71%
Asian511.09%

Denton Veterans by Education

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6.64%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.89%

Veteran Disability Rate

Denton Employment Status

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67.6%

Labor Force Participation

63.6%

Employment Rate

5.8%

Unemployment Rate

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Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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56.71%

Born in Texas

87.52%

Native Born

12.48%

Foreign Born

8.44%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

87.52% of Denton 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.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020142,1731,8161.29%
2019140,3571,8161.31%
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%