is the county seat of Denton County, Texas in the United States. According to the 2000 census, the city's population was 80,537, making it the eleventh largest city in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The July 2007 United States Census Bureau estimate, however, gave Denton's population as 115,506, and named the city as the nation's tenth fastest-growing city among those with over 100,000 people.
Denton is home to two state universities, the University of North Texas, the largest university in North Texas and the third largest in undergraduate enrollment in Texas (fourth-largest overall), and Texas Woman's University, the largest state-supported university for women in the United States.
Both the city and county were named after John B. Denton, a pioneer, preacher, lawyer and Texas Militia Captain. Residents of Denton are known as "Dentonites" and the city has been called the "Redbud Capital of Texas" since 1993. In 2006,
magazine named Denton no. 58 out of the "Top 100 Best Places to Live in America." In 2008,
Denton is located at the northern edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area at the intersection of I-35 and U.S. Highways 380, 377 and 77. It is also here that I-35E and I-35W, which split south of the Metroplex at Hillsboro and go through Dallas and Fort Worth respectively, rejoin to form I-35 on its way north to Oklahoma City.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 62.3 square miles (161.4 km²), of which, 61.5 square miles (159.3 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²) of it (1.33%) is water.