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Denton County

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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
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Retail Sales

728,799
10.0
953.0
878.4
433–980
38.09
33.0
95.3
394,935
5.1
$2,112,319,928
$44,268
$62,614,913,418
$10,142,504,447

map of Denton County
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Physical Features: North Texas county; partly hilly, draining to Elm Fork of Trinity River, Lewisville Lake, Ray Roberts Lake, Grapevine Lake; Blackland and Grand Prairie soils and terrain.

Economy: Varied industries, colleges, horse industry, tourism, government/services; part of Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

locator map for Denton County

History: Land grant from Texas Congress 1841 for Peters colony. County created out of Fannin County 1846; named for John B. Denton, pioneer Methodist minister.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 63.2; Black, 9.2; Hispanic, 18.7; Asian, 7.1; Other, 3.3.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 9,201; deaths, 2,827; marriages, 4,179; divorces, 2,579.

Recreation: Lake activities, parks; universities’ cultural, athletic activities, including “Texas Women; A Celebration of History”; “First Ladies of Texas” collection of memorabilia; Little Chapel in the Woods; Texas Motor Speedway; Denton Jazz Festival in April.

Minerals: Natural gas.

Education: University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University.

Agriculture: Second in number of horses. Eggs, nurseries, turf, cattle; also, hay, sorghum, wheat, peanuts grown. Market value $79.2 million.

DENTON (122,618) county seat; universities, manufacturers of trucks (Peterbilt), medical, aviation; hospitals; historic courthouse square; storytelling festival in March.

LEWISVILLE (101,624) commuting to Dallas-Fort Worth, retail center, electronics and varied industries; hospital, library; Celtic Feis & Scottish Highland Games in March.

Flower Mound (67,856) residential community, library, mound of native grasses, bike classic in spring.

Carrollton (124,843, also in Dallas County), hospital.

Other towns include:  Argyle (3,467) horse farms/training, bluegrass festival in March; Aubrey (2,759) horse farms/training, cabinet construction, peanut festival in October; Bartonville (1,599); Copper Canyon (1,382); Corinth (21,263); Corral City (28); Cross Roads (1,677); Dish (244); Double Oak (2,989); Hackberry (1,028); Hebron (424); Hickory Creek (3,506); Highland Village (15,687); Justin (3,414); Krugerville (1,762); Krum (4,539) commuters, old grain mill; Lake Dallas (7,438) light manufacturing, marina, historic downtown, Mardi Gras.

Also, Lakewood Village (578); Lantana (7,282); Lincoln Park (335); Little Elm (29,043) light manufacturing, lake activities, summer concert series; Northlake (1,878); Oak Point (2,988); Pilot Point (3,988) light manufacturing, horse ranches, Fireman’s Fest in April; Ponder (1,491); Providence (5,073); Roanoke (6,510); Sanger (7,453) distribution center, commuters, government/services, lakes, Sellabration in September; Shady Shores (2,778); The Colony (39,053) tourism, parks, nature trails, salute to veterans on Veterans Day; and Trophy Club (9,414) commuters, retail.

Part [26,579] of Dallas, part [7,813] Fort Worth, part [44,500] Frisco, part [5,316] Planoand small parts of Coppell, Celina, Prosper, Southlake, Westlake.

Fishing on Ray Roberts Lake

Fishing on Ray Roberts Lake. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

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