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Lets cover off Denton first. Denton is the county seat of Denton County, Texas in the United States. 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 rejoin to form I-35 on its way north to Oklahoma City or split to reach Dallas and Fort Worth, respectively. Denton, Dallas and Ft. Worth form an area that is known as the Golden Triangle of North Texas Lake Lewisville, a popular fishing and boating destination, is just 15 miles south of the city.
Frequently considered a college town, Denton is home to two state universities, the University of North Texas, the largest university in North Texas, and Texas Woman’s University, the largest state-supported university for women in the United States. Altogether, more than 45,000 students participate in courses at the two local universities.
Denton climate is characterized as humid subtropical. Dry winds reach the area and can bring summer temperatures to the lower 100s°F. Average summer temperature is in the mid-90s. On average, the coolest month is January with temperatures dropping down to a average minimum of 32°F. Like other cities in North Texas, snow falls a few days a year, if at all. Denton lies on the bottom end of the Tornado Alley area.
The city’s live music venues are chiefly supported by Denton’s very active music listening audience, but show attendance is often partly composed of Dallas/Ft.Worth music listeners. Dallas’s largest alternative weekly, the Dallas Observer, has a column on the best local music Denton has to offer.
Denton is home to the Denton Outlaws baseball team, a former member of the Texas Collegiate League. The Denton Rugby Football Club was formed in 1979 out of the ashes of the former North Texas State University Rugby Club.
The economy of Denton is primarily composed of educational services, health and social services, manufacturing and general retail trade. Organizations in these sectors employ over 20,000 people. Wholesale trade and hospitality jobs also play major roles. The city employs more than 1,300 people, 300 of whom are public safety personnel. The three educational institutions, University of North Texas, Denton Independent School District, and Texas Woman’s University, are the largest employers, providing more than 12,000 jobs. Notable businesses headquartered in Denton include truck manufacturer Peterbilt, beauty supplier Sally Beauty Company, and jewelry producer Jostens. The Golden Triangle Mall, the city’s largest shopping complex with over 90 specialty shops, is a major source of retail trade.
Major employers (2008)
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||University of North Texas||7,351|
|2||Denton Independent School District||3,113|
|3||Texas Woman’s University||1,586|
Denton Labor Market
Denton is proud of its world-class workforce that creates the foundation of our industry successes. The Denton Independent School District (DISD) prepares our youth with a curriculum that includes advanced technology, instruction and business/life skills for our continued growth and development as a community. The proximity to two major universities, the University of North Texas, Texas Women’s University and a junior college provide an ample and well-educated workforce which provides positive growth and productivity for our local businesses.
Texas is a Right-to-Work State. According to the Texas Workforce Commission’s December 2007 labor estimates, the available workforce for the city of Denton was 60,338. Denton is fortunate to draw workers from the Dallas and Fort Worth Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) representing 3.1 million people, as well as workers from the Oklahoma border.
Denton Employment Statistics