Denton, Texas Population 2023

147,816

Denton is a city located in Denton County Texas. It is also the county seat of Denton County. With a 2023 population of 147,816, it is the 22nd largest city in Texas and the 194th largest city in the United States.Denton is currently growing at a rate of 1.82% annually and its population has increased by 5.68% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 139,869 in 2020. Spanning over 98 miles, Denton has a population density of 1,536 people per square mile.

The average household income in Denton is $78,338 with a poverty rate of 16.86%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Denton is 29.5 years, 29.3 years for males, and 29.7 years for females.

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: 74%
  • Black or African American: 10.07%
  • Two or more races: 7.5%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Other race: 3.33%
  • Native American: 0.92%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.17%
The current population of Denton, Texas is 147,816 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 139,869.

Denton, Texas Population 2023

Population by Race

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Asian

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Denton Population by Race

Denton Population Pyramid 2023

Denton Median Age

29.5

Total

29.3

Male

29.7

Female

Denton Adults

There are 112,130 adults, (15,736 of whom are seniors) in Denton.

Denton Age Dependency

45

Age Dependency Ratio

16.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Denton Sex Ratio

Female71,80151.38%
Male67,93348.62%

Denton Population by Age

Denton Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.32

Average Family Size

2.72

Average Household Size

50.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Denton Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Denton Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Denton Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 74.22%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 42.84%.

Denton Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$37,333

Average Earnings

$44,579

Average Male

$33,219

Average Female

Denton Earnings by Educational Attainment

Denton Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Denton Language

77.25% of Denton residents speak only English, while 22.75% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 16.67% of the population.

Denton Language

Denton Poverty by Race

rate

16.86%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.48%

Male Poverty Rate

16.05%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Denton

The race most likely to be in poverty in Denton is Asian, with 25.11% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Denton is Native, with 9.87% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.12%. Among those working part-time, it was 30.3%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.76%.

Denton Poverty

Denton Poverty Rate by Education

Denton Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Denton Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Denton Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

39.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.4%

Male Marriage Rate

37.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Denton Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Denton Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

6,201

Number of Veterans

5,746

Male Veterans

455

Female Veterans

Denton Veterans by War

Denton Veterans by Age

count

Denton Veterans by Race

Denton Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

7.03%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.7%

Veteran Disability Rate

Denton Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

67.3%

Labor Force Participation

63.9%

Employment Rate

4.9%

Unemployment Rate

Denton Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Denton Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Denton Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

56.03%

Born in Denton

86.84%

Native Born

13.06%

Foreign Born

8.89%

Non Citizen

4.17%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

86.84% of Denton residents were born in the United States, with 56.03% having been born in Texas. 8.89% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Denton Place of Birth

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Denton Population by Year