Denton named the 16th Healthiest Housing Market. In August 2016, Wallethub.com ranked Denton as the 12th Overall Healthiest Housing Market and 8th among small cities out of 300 U.S. cities on 16 key metrics. The key metrics includes with Denton's ranking: unemployment rate (1st), percentage of homes with negative equity (14th), job growth rate (17th), precentage of mortgage holders in delinquency (19th), median home-price appreciation (22nd), average number of days until a house is sold (29th), foreclosure rate (50th), number of unsold homes owned by banks (REOs) (70th), home price as a percentage of income (95th), and population growth (96nd),
# 7 in Human Capital and Lifestyle by Foreign Direct Investment (fDi). Denton was ranked 7th in North America in Top 10 Small American Cities for the Future 2015/16 for its Human Capital and Lifestyle by the Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) Magazine. The key data points were: number of students, number of International business schools, labor force as percent of population, tertiary education, brain drain, literacy rate, secondary and tertiary enrollment rates, third-level students as percentage of population, number of physicians per 1000 people, life expectancy, and GDP per capita.
One of the Top 25 Fastest Growing American Cities. According to U.S. Census Bureau 2011 estimates, the City of Denton has a population of 117,187 and was ranked 7th among the fastest growing cities with populations of 100,000 or greater.
#1 Small Town in the US. Rand McNally and USA Today ranked Denton number one on the 2012 Top Ten Best Small Towns in America list.
50,000 + University Students. 2016 Fall headcounts: the University of North Texas ranked 4th in Texas with 37,973 students. Texas Woman’s University has 12,557 students and North Central Texas College has more than 4,000 students.
Most Wind Energy in the Nation. Denton Municipal Electric (DME), the municipally-owned electric utility in Denton, Texas, leads the nation by providing 40 percent wind energy to every customer. No other city in the nation provides more wind energy per person, and DME was able to achieve this distinction without raising rates.
Most Livable City in Texas 2014 & 2015. Denton’s artistic, active residents earned the city a spot on livability.com’s recent national list, Top 100 Best Places to Live. Denton ranked No. 56 based on features such as social capital, education and housing – ranking 30 spots above any other Texas city on the list. To assemble the inaugural Top 100 list, livability.com partnered with think-tank Martin Prosperity Institute and research provider Ipsos Public Affairs to analyze a combination of public and private data from small to mid-sized cities. The measured data spanned across eight pillars of livability: economics, healthcare, housing, social and civic capital, education, amenities, demographics and infrastructure. Denton ranked highest in education and social and civic capital, meaning the city has a high number of involved and educated community members.
Top 10 US City for Data Security. A recent report lists Denton among the 10 best data security cities in the U.S. Cities were chosen based on their "robust bandwidth, telecommunications, power infrastructures, and favorable operating cost structures and secure location insulated from natural disasters," the study says. The study, "Banking & Financial Services: A Comparative Cost Analysis for Information Assurance Operations," by New Jersey-based The Boyd Co., compares the nation's largest regional centers and selected the best cities that met certain criteria for housing highly secure, low-risk and cost-effective data security operations for the banking and financial services industry.
#6 High Tech Hotspot in the US. Martin Prosperity Institute has identified an index that acknowledges the huge number of digital and tech jobs in more traditional industries like film, news, publishing, and telecommunications. The Index measures the number of new jobs in this sector created between 2007 and 2012. This list goes beyond the usual suspects. It also reflects the rise of tech in college towns. This increase represents the shift of high-tech industry and jobs from just a few suburban nerdistans — like Silicon Valley and the Boston suburbs — to more urban locations and college towns.
One of America’s Best Main Streets. Downtown Denton has been a Texas Certified Main Street since 1990 and, over the years, has received many awards. Most recently, Fodor.com and Yahoo Travel have highlighted Denton on their lists of America’s Best Main Streets and Great American Main Streets to visit in 2014. What makes our Downtown great? Friendly neighbors, family-run businesses, and unique restaurants. Being able to watch a live performance on the courthouse lawn, then browsing antique stores or shops that feature the work of local artists is what makes our Downtown worthy of so much praise.