7 Things to Know Before Moving to Denton
Denton may be located about 35 miles away from Dallas-Fort Worth, but it’s hardly a backup plan to life in the big city. The town of approximately 136,000 residents offers the amenities and coolness of a metropolitan area with a laid-back, country Texas vibe. Just think of Denton as Dallas’ hip younger brother.
Planning a move to Denton? You’re definitely making the right decision. Here are seven things we love about Denton, Texas:
It’s the Home of UNT
In 2020, the University of North Texas, or UNT for short, hit an all-time enrollment high of 40,796 students. Who knew that the whole “everything’s bigger in Texas” thing also applied to colleges? Whether you’re interested in attending UNT or not, expect a collegiate spirit in Denton. In addition to its Texas-sized student body, UNT is also known for having the first jazz studies program in the United States. Additionally, it’s a designated Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA. Translation: Lots of leafy branches to practice being a jazz musician under.
Denton is All About the Music
In addition to the jazz program at UNT, Denton has an amazing live music scene. Fun fact: Eagles member Don Henley once lived in Denton!
Denton has a number of great live music venues including Dan’s Silverleaf, Harvest House, Andy’s Bar, and Killer’s Tacos. There’s also a legendary jazz festival which just might be the best event of the year in Denton.
Cost of Living is Reasonable in Denton
If you’re coming from Dallas, Austin, or most other big Texas cities, you’ll be pleased with the cost of living in Denton. The average home value in Denton is $266,964 according to Zillow and the average rent for an 855 square foot apartment is $1,234 according to RentCafe.
It’s Going Down in Downtown Square
Looking for a fun night out in Denton? Or a Sunday stroll? You’ll find it in Downtown Square, also called The Square, Denton’s hip, historic town center. Check out the Courthouse-on-the-Square museum, the town’s original limestone courthouse dating back to 1896. There are also shops, restaurants, street performers, and public art.
Humid Summers, Cool Winters
Expect classic DFW heat and humidity in Denton, with highs in the 90’s in the summer and surprisingly chilly winter days with lows just above freezing—plus lots of wind. The city sees 38.09 inches of precipitation a year, so bring your umbrella!
Cool Off at Your Choice of Lakes
When summer temps heat up in Denton, you don’t have to go far to cool off. Denton is located close to two amazing lakes—and there’s even a trail system connecting them. The first is Lewisville Lake, which offers 233 miles of shoreline and the famous Party Cove where Texans park their boats and drink beer. The latter is Ray Roberts Lake State Park, which is a haven for white bass fishing. Use the 20-mile Greenbelt Corridor, a multi-use trail system, between the two for a little extra time in nature.
Can You Find Denton’s Purple Door?
Some folks say you’re not a true Dentonite until you’ve found the purple door. What exactly is the purple door? Well, it’s exactly that: a purple door in a secret location, located about halfway up a wall and accessible by ladder. It’s a great spot for your next Instagram post—if you can find it. And nope, we’re not giving any clues.