Denton County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 662,614, making it the ninth-most populous county in Texas. The county seat is Denton. The county, which was named for John B. Denton, was established in 1846.
Denton County is included in the
Dallas- Fort Worth- Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 2007, it was one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States.
History [ edit ]
Before the arrival of white settlers, various
Native American peoples, including the Kichai and the Lenape, infrequently populated the area. The area was settled by Peters Colony landowners in the early 1840s. Until the annexation of Texas, the area was considered part of Fannin County. On April 11, 1846, the First Texas Legislature established Denton County. The county was named for John B. Denton, who was killed while raiding a Native American village in Tarrant County in 1841. Originally, the county seat was set at Pickneyville. This was later changed to Alton, where the Old Alton Bridge currently stands, and then moved finally to Denton.
By 1860, the population of the county had increased to 5,031. On March 4, 1861, residents of the county narrowly voted for secession from the
Union, with 331 votes cast for and 264 against. The Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad reached Lewisville, located in the southern portion of the county, by the early 1880s. The Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square was built in 1896, and today the building currently houses various government offices as well as a museum.
A 2010 documentary,
Gasland, claims that DISH, a small town in Denton County, has been polluted extensively by natural gas drilling.
Geography [ edit ]
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According to the
U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 953 square miles (2,470 km 2), of which 878 square miles (2,270 km 2) is land and 75 square miles (190 km 2) (7.8%) is water. Denton County is located in the northern part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, approximately 35 miles south of the border between Texas and Oklahoma. It is drained by two forks of the Trinity River. The largest body of water in Denton County is [15 ] Lewisville Lake, which was formed in 1954 when the Garza– Little Elm Reservoir was merged with Lake Dallas. The county is on the western edge of the Eastern Cross Timbers and also encompasses parts of the Grand Prairie portion of the Texas blackland prairies. Portions of Denton County sit atop the Barnett Shale, a geological formation believed to contain large quantities of natural shale gas. Between 1995 and 2007, the number of natural gas wells in the county increased from 156 to 1,820, which has led to some controversy over the pollution resulting from hydraulic fracturing.
Adjacent counties [ edit ]
Demographics [ edit ]
Est. 2014 753,363
U.S. Decennial Census
As of the
2010 United States Census, there were 662,614 people, 224,840 households and 256,139 housing units in the county. The [19 ] population density was 754.3 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 75% White, 8.4% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 6.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 2.9% from two or more races. 18.2% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino origin. Denton County ranked twenty-ninth on the US Census Bureau's list of fastest growing counties between 2000 and 2007, with a 41.4% increase in population.
Politics [ edit ]
Denton County, like most suburban counties in Texas, votes reliably for Republican candidates in statewide and national elections.
Education [ edit ]
The following school districts lie entirely within Denton County:
The following private educational institutions serve Denton County:
The following higher education institutions serve Denton County:
Transportation [ edit ]
The northern intersection of
Interstate 35 East and West, which branches the two portions of the highway towards Dallas and Fort Worth, is located in Denton County, in the city of Denton near the campus of the University of North Texas. In 1931, the paving of US Highway 77 through Lewisville, which connected Denton and Dallas, was finished. The entirety of Farm to Market Road 3040 is located in Denton County, running from its intersection with Farm to Market Road 2499 in Flower Mound to Hebron Parkway in Carrollton.
Denton County Transportation Authority operates a bus service in the county that includes Denton, Lewisville, and Highland Village. It also operates the A-train, a commuter rail service that has terminals in Denton and Carrollton, at the end of which passengers can switch to the Green Line train owned and operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Passengers are able to transfer to several different train paths, or "lines" (denominated by different colors) in downtown Dallas where the lines intersect at DART's Downtown office.
The county is home to the
Denton Municipal Airport and the Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is located a few miles south of the county.
Communities [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Bates, Edward (1918). . History and Reminiscences of Denton County Denton, Texas: McNitzky Printing Company. LCCN 19004337. OCLC 2133818. OL 23400877M.
Bolz, Jim; Bolz, Tricia (2010). . Postcard History. Denton County Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-8452-2. OCLC 620741494 . Retrieved . 2011-10-26
Bridges, Clarence (1978). . History of Denton, Texas From Its Beginning to 1960 Waco, Texas: Texian Press. ASIN B0006CU42G. OCLC 004235340 . Retrieved . 2011-11-04
Cowling, Mary Jo (1936). . Geography of Denton County Dallas, Texas: Banks, Upshaw, and Company. ASIN B003F8JBE0. LCCN 36-15037. OCLC 2672035. Archived from the original on 2011-01-01 . Retrieved . 2011-09-23
Hervey, Hollace (2002). . Historic Denton County: An Illustrated History San Antonio, Texas: Historical Pub Network. ISBN 978-1-893619-07-4. LCCN 2002101353. OCLC 52948987. OL 3572319M . Retrieved . 2011-09-17
Odom, E. Dale (1996). An Illustrated History of Denton County, Texas: From Peters Colony to Metroplex (First ed.). ISBN 0-9651324-0-4.
Sales, Joshua (August 2007). (M.S. thesis). Determining the Suitability of Functional Landscapes and Wildlife Corridors Utilizing Conservation GIS Methods in Denton County, Texas University of North Texas. OCLC 191674292. Archived from the original on 2010-01-01 . Retrieved . 2012-04-16
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Coordinates: 33°12′N 97°07′W / 33.20°N 97.12°W