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Denton, Maryland
Town of Denton
The Choptank River in July 2008
The Choptank River in July 2008
Official seal of Denton, Maryland
Seal
Motto(s): 
"The Garden of America"
Location in Caroline County and the U.S. state of Maryland
Location in Caroline County and the U.S. state of Maryland
Denton, Maryland is located in Maryland
Denton, Maryland
Denton, Maryland
Location in Maryland
Denton, Maryland is located in the United States
Denton, Maryland
Denton, Maryland
Location in the United States
Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Flag of Caroline County, Maryland.svg Caroline
Founded 1781
Incorporated 1802
Area
 • Total 5.35 sq mi (13.86 km2)
 • Land 5.27 sq mi (13.64 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.22 km2)
Elevation
43 ft (13 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 4,848
 • Density 920.45/sq mi (355.35/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
21629
Area code(s) 410
FIPS code 24-22725
GNIS feature ID 0590087

Denton is a town in Caroline County, Maryland, United States. The population of Denton was 4,418 as of the 2010 United States Census, and it is the county seat of Caroline County.

History

Denton was established in 1781. It was first called Eden Town, for Sir Robert Eden, the last royal governor of Maryland, and over time Eden Town was shortened to Denton. The town was incorporated in 1802.

Geography

Denton is located at 38°53′2″N 75°49′36″W / 38.88389°N 75.82667°W / 38.88389; -75.82667 (38.883853, -75.826556).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.50 square miles (14.24 km2), of which, 5.28 square miles (13.68 km2) is land and 0.22 square miles (0.57 km2) is water.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Denton has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 431
1880 469 8.8%
1890 641 36.7%
1900 900 40.4%
1910 1,481 64.6%
1920 1,570 6.0%
1930 1,604 2.2%
1940 1,572 −2.0%
1950 1,806 14.9%
1960 1,938 7.3%
1970 1,561 −19.5%
1980 1,927 23.4%
1990 2,977 54.5%
2000 2,960 −0.6%
2010 4,418 49.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,418 people, 1,606 households, and 1,034 families living in the town. The population density was 836.7 inhabitants per square mile (323.1/km2). There were 1,791 housing units at an average density of 339.2 per square mile (131.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 71.8% White, 22.9% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.3% of the population.

There were 1,606 households, of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% were married couples living together, 18.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.6% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.17.

The median age in the town was 35.8 years. 26.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.1% were from 25 to 44; 23.1% were from 45 to 64; and 15.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.

Neighborhoods


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Infrastructure

Transportation

The town is served by Maryland Routes 404, 313, 328, 16, and 619. MD 404 bypasses Denton to the north and east and serves as the main route between the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to the west and the Delaware Beaches to the east. A business route, MD 404 Business, passes through the center of Denton. MD 313 follows MD 404 around the east side of Denton and runs north to Greensboro and south to Federalsburg. MD 328 begins at MD 404 in West Denton and heads southwest to Easton. MD 16 passes to the south of Denton and heads west to Preston and Cambridge and east along MD 404 toward the Delaware border. MD 619 heads from MD 404 Business in the center of Denton north to MD 313 and MD 404 on the northern part of the town. Denton borders the Choptank River. Delmarva Community Transit provides bus service to Denton along multiple routes offering service to Easton, Federalsburg, Preston, and Greensboro.

The American Discovery Trail runs through the town.

Utilities

Delmarva Power, a subsidiary of Exelon, provides electricity to Denton. Chesapeake Utilities provides natural gas to the town. Denton Public Works provides water and sewer service along with trash collection to the town. The town's public works department provides water service to about 1,600 customers and can handle over 1,000,000 gallons in a day. The town operates the Denton Wasterwater Treatment Plant, which has an average daily flow of 800,000 gallons and can handle a peak hourly flow of 2.67 million gallons. Curbside trash collection is provided once a week to households in Denton.

Notable people

  • Anna Murray-Douglass, Abolitionist
  • Harry Hughes, former Maryland governor
  • Sophie Kerr, author
  • Sherman W. Tribbitt, former Delaware governor
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