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The City of Denton had a population of 146,186 as of July 1, 2021. Denton ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Texas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Denton is located at latitude 33.2148 and longitude -97.1331 in Denton County. The formal boundaries for the City of Denton encompass a land area of 93.11 sq. miles and a water area of 1.68 sq. miles. Denton County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 659 feet.

The City of Denton has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Texas is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Denton is located within Denton Division of Denton County.

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Denton, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 146,186 (100%)
Population in Households 136,395 (93.3%)
Population in Families 92,497 (63.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 9,791 ( 6.7%)
Population Density 1,519
Diversity Index2 70


Median Household Income $60,930
Average Household Income $82,108
% of Income for Mortgage4 17%
Per Capita Income $31,145
Wealth Index5 86


Total HU (Housing Units) 57,079 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 27,877 (48.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 27,315 (47.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,886 ( 3.3%)
Median Home Value $242,945
Average Home Value $297,739
Housing Affordability Index3 129


Total Households 55,193
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 29,115
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 2.09% 2.64%
Households 2.15% 2.87%
Families 1.9% 2.9%
Median Household Income   2.03%
Per Capita Income   2.44%
Owner Occupied HU   3.66%

Denton, TX - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Denton to the other 1,746 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Texas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 22 99th
Population Density # 448 74th
Median Household Income # 591 66th
Housing Affordability Index # 320 18th
Per Capita Income # 519 70th
Diversity Index # 329 81st

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