Denton is a city in Denton County. After the construction of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport finished in 1974, the city experienced rapid growth; as of 2011, Denton was the seventh-fastest growing city with a population over 100,000 in the country.

Denton Independent School District provides the public primary and secondary educational system in the city. Small portions of the city extend into the Argyle and Sanger school districts. The University of North Texas in Denton is the flagship university of the University of North Texas System, which also includes the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, the University of North Texas at Dallas, and a future law school. Its College of Music, the first school to offer a degree in the field of jazz studies, is nationally recognized. Texas Woman’s University is a public university in Denton with two health science center branches in Dallas and Houston. TWU’s College of Nursing is the largest in Texas and the 11th largest in the United States, and the school’s nursing doctoral program is the largest in the world.

Denton is known for its active music life. The annual North Texas State Fair and Rodeo began in 1928 and promotes the cowboy culture of Texas. The city-sponsored Denton Arts and Jazz Festival attracts over 200,000 people each year for live music, food, crafts, and recreation at Civic Center Park. In 2014 the Huffington Post listed Denton as the number one emerging cultural hot spot in Texas to visit while referring to Denton as “Practically an indie band factory at this point…”

Denton is often characterized as a college town as a result of the universities’ growth. Educational services play a large role in the city’s economy. Residents are served by the Denton County Transportation Authority, which provides commuter rail and bus service to the area.

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