Denton deemed 6th fastest-growing college town in the country

Denton County Courthouse in downtown Denton, TX
Denton County Courthouse in downtown Denton, TX Photo credit Getty Images/Marti157900

Dallas has definitely experienced a boom the last couple of years, with so many new residents and businesses flooding in to call the Lone Star State home, but there’s another city in North Texas that just keeps on growing that no one really mentions.

A study from the university scholarship website BrokeScholar has deemed Denton the No. 6 fastest-growing college town in the country.

In 2000, Denton’s population was just 84,412.  In 2023, its population has nearly doubled to 160,564. The study said, “It's not just a university or its enrollment that attracts newcomers, but the "cultural oasis" that the college towns maintain.”

In the fall of 2021, the University of North Texas had an enrollment of 32,603 students; Texas Woman's University's fall 2021 enrollment was 10,283 students.

The study continued saying, “These collegiate strongholds benefit from an influx of new residents eager to enjoy a good football game and an existing mix of music, culture, and young energy.”

BrokeScholar estimates Denton’s population to expand to over 195,000 people by 2030, and about 342,000 people by 2050.  Richardson (University of Texas at Dallas) also made an appearance on the list, coming in as the No. 47 fastest-growing college town in the US.

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