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Denton has a relatively small population of permanent residents, but the city claims more than 50,000 students attending its two universities and the community takes pride in its history as one of the leading educational centers in the state of Texas. Denton has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. and has been ranked as one of the best small towns in America. Music is also an important part of Denton culture and its music scene is known nationally as an incubator of talented performers.
Even with its rapid growth, Denton is still considered a community with a large selection of reasonably priced housing choices. While it is on the outer fringes of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, homebuyers can find everything from single-family homes in traditional suburbs to multi-acre estates.
Cost of Living
One of the key attractions of the Denton area is a cost of living that is generally lower than the areas just south in the Dallas market. Property taxes average 2.26 percent of appraised values, and with lower commercial rental rates, retail prices are also considered some of the best in North Texas. Catering to the budgets of students, there are numerous sources for discount food, entertainment, and other shopping opportunities
While the main thoroughfare for most residents in Denton is the easily accessible I-35, the area has enjoyed significant investment in mass transit. The Denton County Mass Transit Authority has added a regional rail line to its extensive local bus service and provides connections to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) rail system. With a new station downtown and the Medpark location, residents can use the DCTA A-train and the five stations that connect to DART’s Green Line in Trinity Mills. Plans are in place for adding additional services and stations in the coming decade.
The majority of Denton students in grade levels Pre-K through 12 are served by the Denton Independent School District, with some in outlying communities attending either Argyle or Sanger schools. With five primary high schools and an alternative campus, DISD boasts a relatively modern infrastructure and facilities. Several of the district’s schools are recognized each year for superior achievement by the Texas Education Association.
The large number of students, as well as the University of North Texas College of Music, has made Denton a well-known independent music scene, and it gets high marks for its cultural focus. The annual Arts & Jazz Festival attracts as many as a quarter-million visitors.
A new Children’s Museum is part of the expanding arts infrastructure, and the Denton Downtown Square, which hosts a number of events each year, has several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
Since 1928, the biggest event each year for many residents is the popular North Texas State Fair and Rodeo.
Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.