Denton, Texas Population 2021

147,993
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Denton is a city located in Texas. With a 2020 population of 147,993, it is the 22nd largest city in Texas and the 180th largest city in the United States. Denton is currently growing at a rate of 2.23% annually and its population has increased by 30.52% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 113,383 in 2010. Denton reached it's highest population of 147,993 in 2021. Spanning over 98 miles, Denton has a population density of 1,538 people per square mile.

The average household income in Denton is $78,338 with a poverty rate of 15.69%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,082 per month, and the median house value is $218,800. The median age in Denton is 29.4 years, 29.2 years for males, and 29.7 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: 78.72%
  • Black or African American: 9.58%
  • Asian: 4.21%
  • Two or more races: 3.66%
  • Other race: 3.01%
  • Native American: 0.68%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.14%
The current population of Denton, Texas is 147,993, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 138,315.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 113,383.

Denton, Texas Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White107,21278.72%
Black or African American13,0529.58%
Asian5,7364.21%
Two or More Races4,9803.66%
Some Other Race4,1003.01%
American Indian and Alaska Native9300.68%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1850.14%
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Denton Population by Race

Denton Population Pyramid 2021

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Denton Median Age

29.4


Total

29.2


Male

29.7


Female

Denton Adults

There are 109,583 adults, (15,550 of whom are seniors) in Denton.

Denton Age Dependency

44.8

Age Dependency Ratio

16.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Denton Sex Ratio

Female

69,792

51.24%

Male

66,403

48.76%

Denton Population by Age

Denton Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Denton Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.4%25.6%
All48.7%51.3%
Male39.2%60.8%
Female35.8%64.2%
Non Family25.8%74.2%

48.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Denton Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All46,6872.748.7
Married20,5073.374.4
Non Family19,4261.7225.8
Female4,9583.6935.8
Male1,7963.7139.2

3.29

Average Family Size

2.7

Average Household Size

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Denton Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,5214.36%
9th to 12th Grade4,2635.28%
High School Graduate15,02018.61%
Some College20,59825.52%
Associates Degree5,9297.35%
Bachelors Degree20,27925.12%
Graduate Degree11,11013.76%
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Denton Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Denton Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White53,68151,60323,228
Hispanic15,87611,0213,577
Black6,3805,6051,522
Asian2,9862,9582,299
Other Race2,3681,446425
Multiple Races1,8761,646709
Native American692645147
Islander1129652

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 99.06%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 76.99%.

Denton Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,947$42,502$32,194
Less Than High School$25,448$27,434$19,266
High School Grad$30,038$36,723$24,277
Some College$35,369$38,606$32,324
Bachelors Degree$49,701$56,788$41,759
Graduate Degree$54,475$64,962$46,140

$36,947

Average Earnings

$42,502

Average Male

$32,194

Average Female

Denton Earnings by Educational Attainment

Denton Language by Age

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Denton Language

77.23% of Denton residents speak only English, while 22.77% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 17.10% of the population.

Denton Language

Denton Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White75,9088,78911.58%
Hispanic30,7196,12819.95%
Black10,9432,46622.53%
Asian4,7751,62534.03%
Multiple4,60866114.34%
Other3,73249013.13%
Native88312514.16%
Islander1857238.92%

15.69%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.36%

Male Poverty Rate

16.98%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Denton

The race most likely to be in poverty in Denton is Islander, with 38.92% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Denton is White, with 11.58% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.35%. Among those working part-time, it was 30.41%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.24%.

Denton Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School16.01%
High School8.83%
Some College8.50%
Bachelors or Greater5.83%

Denton Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed34.01%
Male Unemployed24.72%
Female Employed13.07%
Male Employed10.19%

Denton Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Denton Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$60,018$78,338
Families$80,171$98,201
Married Families$94,622$112,277
Non Families$33,611$47,576
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Income by Household Type

Denton Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

38.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.1%

Male Marriage Rate

36.6%

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 Marital Status

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6,226

Number of Veterans

5,767

Male Veterans

459

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,271
Second Gulf War1,584
First Gulf War1,332
Korea385
World War II66

Denton Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,570
35 to 541,496
75+1,240
55 to 641,079
18 to 34841

Denton Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White5,4296.29%
Hispanic5112.17%
Black4053.64%
Other1564.51%
2 or More973.27%
Asian831.73%
Indian567.45%

Denton Veterans by Race

Denton Veterans by Education

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6.31%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.05%

Veteran Disability Rate

Denton Veterans by Education

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67.1%

Labor Force Participation

63.6%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Denton Employment by Age

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Denton Employment by Race

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Denton Employment by Education

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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56.59%

Born in Texas

87.31%

Native Born

12.69%

Foreign Born

8.56%

Non Citizen

4.13%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

87.31% of Denton residents were born in the United States, with 56.59% having been born in Texas. 8.56% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021147,9933,2262.23%
2020144,7673,2262.28%
2019141,5413,2262.33%
2018138,3152,6861.98%
2017135,6291,3681.02%
2016134,2613,1072.37%
2015131,1542,9372.29%
2014128,2173,1872.55%
2013125,0301,4571.18%
2012123,5733,4722.89%
2011120,1013,0912.64%
2010117,01036,4733.81%
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%

Denton Population by Year