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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 2019 Census Bureau estimate for Denton County's population is 887,207. The county, which was named for John B. Denton, was established in 1846. Denton County constitutes part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. In 2007, it was one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States.

See also: Timeline of Denton, Texas and National Register of Historic Places listings in Denton County, Texas
Before the arrival of 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.

Denton, Texas
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 953 square miles (2,470 km2), of which 878 square miles (2,270 km2) are land and 75 square miles (190 km2) (7.8%) are covered by water. Denton County is located in the northern part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, about 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 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.

Lewisville Lake
Lake Ray Roberts
Adjacent counties
Cooke County (north)
Grayson County (northeast)
Collin County (east)
Dallas County (southeast)
Tarrant County (south)
Wise County (west)
Historical population
Census Pop. %±
1850 641 —
1860 5,031 684.9%
1870 7,251 44.1%
1880 18,143 150.2%
1890 21,289 17.3%
1900 28,318 33.0%
1910 31,258 10.4%
1920 35,355 13.1%
1930 32,822 ?7.2%
1940 33,658 2.5%
1950 41,365 22.9%
1960 47,432 14.7%
1970 75,633 59.5%
1980 143,126 89.2%
1990 273,525 91.1%
2000 432,976 58.3%
2010 662,614 53.0%
Est. 2019 887,207 33.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2019
2015 Texas Population Estimate Program
As of the 2015 Texas Population Estimate Program, the population of the county was 778,846, non-Hispanic whites 459,448 (59.0%). Black Americans 69,040 (8.9%). Other non-Hispanic 85,406 (11.0%). Hispanics and Latinos (of any race) 164,952 (21.2%).

2010 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 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.

A Williams Institute analysis of 2010 census data found there were about 5.2 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county.

Government and Politics
Denton County, like all counties in Texas, is governed by a Commissioners Court. This court consists of the county judge (the chairperson of the Court) who is elected county-wide and four commissioners who are elected by the voters in each of four districts.

Justices of the Peace are County officials with jurisdiction over landlord/tenant issues, small civil claims, certain misdemeanors and other matters.

County Commissioners
Office Name Party
County Judge Andy Eads Republican
Commissioner, Precinct 1 Hugh Coleman Republican
Commissioner, Precinct 2 Ron Marchant Republican
Commissioner, Precinct 3 Bobbie Mitchell Republican
Commissioner, Precinct 4 Dianne Edmondson Republican
County Officials
Office Name Party
District Attorney Paul Johnson Republican
County Clerk Juli Luke Republican
District Clerk David Trantham Republican
Sheriff Tracy Murphree Republican
Tax Assessor Michelle French Republican
Treasurer Cindy Yeatts Brown Republican
Justices of the Peace
Office Name Party
Precinct 1 Joe Holland Republican
Precinct 2 James R. DePiazza Republican
Precinct 3 James Kerbow Republican
Precinct 4 Harris Hughey Republican
Precinct 5 Mike Oglesby Republican
Precinct 6 Christopher Lopez Democrat
Denton County, like most suburban counties in Texas, is reliably Republican in statewide and national elections, although becoming less so since the 2018 election, when Beto O'Rourke earned 45.52% of the county's votes and two Democrats were elected. The last Democratic presidential candidate to win the county was native Texan Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. In 2018, State Representative Michelle Beckley became the first Democrat elected to the state legislature from Denton County since 1984. Her district, the 65th, is located entirely within Denton County, and includes significant portions of Carrollton, Highland Village and Lewisville. Also in 2018, Christopher Lopez, elected to Justice of the Peace, Precinct 6, became the first Democrat elected at the county level since 2004.

Presidential elections results
State Board of Education members
District Name Party
District 14 Sue Melton-Malone Republican
Texas State Representatives
District Name Party Residence
District 63 Tan Parker Republican Flower Mound
District 64 Lynn Stucky Republican Lake Dallas
District 65 Michelle Beckley Democrat Carrollton
District 106 Jared Patterson Republican Frisco
Texas State Senators
District Name Party Residence
District 12 Jane Nelson Republican Flower Mound
District 30 Pat Fallon Republican Prosper
United States Representatives
District Name Party Residence
Texas's 24th congressional district Kenny Marchant Republican Coppell
Texas's 26th congressional district Michael Burgess Republican Lewisville

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See also: List of museums in North Texas
K-12 schools
The following school districts lie entirely within Denton County:

Argyle Independent School District
Aubrey Independent School District
Denton Independent School District
Lake Dallas Independent School District
Lewisville Independent School District
Little Elm Independent School District
Ponder Independent School District
Sanger Independent School District
The following school districts lie partly within Denton County:

Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District
Celina Independent School District
Era Independent School District
Frisco Independent School District
Krum Independent School District
Northwest Independent School District
Pilot Point Independent School District
Prosper Independent School District
Slidell Independent School District
The following private educational institutions serve Denton County:

Denton Calvary Academy
Coram Deo Academy
Lakeland Christian Academy
Liberty Christian School
Selwyn College Preparatory School
From circa 1997 and 2015 the number of non-Hispanic white children in K-12 schools in the county increased by 20,000 as part of a trend of white flight and suburbanization by non-Hispanic white families.

Colleges and universities
The following higher education institutions serve Denton County:

University of North Texas
Texas Woman's University
North Central Texas College
The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) operates a bus service in the county that includes Denton, Lewisville, and Highland Village. SPAN Transit covers areas outside of Denton and Lewisville.

DCTA also operates the A-train, a commuter rail service runs from Denton to Carrollton, at which station passengers can switch to the Green Line train owned and operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Passengers can transfer to other DART lines (denominated by different colors) at the downtown Dallas DART station.

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.

Major Highways
Bus. I-35
US 77
US 377
US 380
SH 114
SH 121 / Sam Rayburn Tollway
SH 170
Loop 288
Pres. George Bush Turnpike
Cities (multiple counties)
Carrollton (partly in Dallas County and a small part in Collin County)
Celina (mostly in Collin County)
Coppell (mostly in Dallas County)
Dallas (mostly in Dallas County with small parts in Collin, Kaufman, Rockwall and Denton counties)
Fort Worth (mostly in Tarrant County with small parts in Parker, Wise and Denton counties)
Frisco (mostly in Collin County)
Grapevine (mostly in Tarrant County and a small part in Dallas County)
Haslet (mostly in Tarrant County)
Lewisville (small part in Dallas County)
Plano (mostly in Collin County)
Southlake (mostly in Tarrant County)
Denton (county seat)
Highland Village
Lake Dallas
Lakewood Village
Little Elm
Oak Point
Pilot Point
The Colony
Towns (multiple counties)
Flower Mound (small part in Tarrant County)
Hebron (small part in Collin County)
Prosper (mostly in Collin County)
Trophy Club (small part in Tarrant County)
Westlake (mostly in Tarrant County)
Copper Canyon
Corral City
Cross Roads
Double Oak
Hickory Creek
Lincoln Park
Providence Village
Shady Shores
Census-designated places
Frisco West
Paloma Creek
Paloma Creek South
Unincorporated community
Alliance (partly in Tarrant County)
Ghost Town
Notable people
Joan Blondell, film and television actress, attended UNT (then North Texas State Teacher's College) in 1926-1927
Pat Boone, American pop singer, briefly attended UNT
Terry Bradshaw, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback
Mason Cox, professional Australian rules footballer, playing for Collingwood in the AFL
Phyllis George, 1971 Miss America, sportscaster and former First Lady of Kentucky
Joe Greene, defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Stealers, 1969–1981; 1969 Defensive Rookie of the Year; 1972 & 1974 Defensive Player of the Year; NFL 1970s All-Decade Team; Hall of Fame
Jim Hightower, former Texas Agriculture Commissioner
Norah Jones, UNT Jazz major
Gordon McLendon, radio broadcaster and pioneer, B Movie producer and conservative political financier
Laina Morris aka Overly Attached Girlfriend
Bill Moyers, White House Press Secretary in the Johnson Administration (1965–67), attended UNT
Anne Rice, author, attended TWU and UNT, married in Denton
Sly Stone, musician and frontman of Sly and the Family Stone
Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil and 69th United States Secretary of State, resident of Bartonville
Von Erich family
Charles Denton Watson, central member of the Manson Family and leader of the Sharon Tate Murder
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