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Denton, North Carolina
Location of Denton, North Carolina
Location of Denton, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Davidson
 • Total 2.11 sq mi (5.46 km2)
 • Land 2.10 sq mi (5.45 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
722 ft (220 m)
 • Total 1,636
 • Estimate 
 • Density 798.86/sq mi (308.47/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 336
FIPS code 37-16980
GNIS feature ID 1019952

Denton is a town in Davidson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 1,636 at the 2010 census.


Denton is located in southern Davidson County at 35°37′58″N 80°6′42″W / 35.63278°N 80.11167°W / 35.63278; -80.11167 (35.632752, -80.111603). It is 17 miles (27 km) southeast of Lexington, the county seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.1 km2), of which 0.006 square miles (0.015 km2), or 0.31%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 320
1920 559 74.7%
1930 540 −3.4%
1940 677 25.4%
1950 766 13.1%
1960 852 11.2%
1970 1,017 19.4%
1980 949 −6.7%
1990 1,292 36.1%
2000 1,450 12.2%
2010 1,636 12.8%
2019 (est.) 1,680 2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Denton racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,393 93.24%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 7 0.47%
Native American 4 0.27%
Asian 12 0.8%
Pacific Islander 2 0.13%
Other/Mixed 52 3.48%
Hispanic or Latino 24 1.61%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,494 people, 671 households, and 403 families residing in the town.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,636 people. The population density was 821.5 people per square mile (316.3/km2). There were 651 housing units at an average density of 368.8 per square mile (142.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.07% White, 0.62% African American, 0.34% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.00% of the population.

There were 595 households, out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.9% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,950, and the median income for a family was $40,375. Males had a median income of $28,571 versus $21,354 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,439. About 11.2% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.1% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.


The founding of Denton may be dated from the time the place acquired a post office, began to be called "Denton" and ceased to be "Finch's Cross Road". The General Assembly passed a bill incorporating the town of Denton on March 11, 1907. The town had its first mayor, J.E. Varner, in 1907, with B.I. Harrison, Arthur E. Davis, J.M. Daniel, L.A. Newsom and Jesse C. Morris as town commissioners. Abel Anderson was the town physician, and John F. Carroll as the chief of police.

The Adderton - Badgett House, Chapel Hill Church Tabernacle, Mor-Val Hosiery Mill, and Mount Ebal Methodist Protestant Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Denton has two area elementary schools; Denton Elementary and Silver Valley Elementary. Silver Valley is the smallest elementary school in the Davidson County Schools system, having just under 275 students. Denton Elementary is almost twice the size of Silver Valley, with about 460 children. Both schools feed into South Davidson Middle School, which lies just a mile north of the Denton town limits. South Davidson Middle has just under 395 students. The middle school feeds into the adjoined high school, South Davidson High School. South Davidson is the smallest high school in Davidson County with 413 students at the 2011-2012 school year. The closest college to Denton is Davidson County Community College, a two-year college in northern Davidson County. The closest four-year college is Pfeiffer University, located 19 miles south, near Richfield.

Notable people

  • Furman Bisher, sportswriter
  • Max Lanier, baseball player
  • Buren Skeen, NASCAR driver who was killed in an accident during the 1965 Darlington Southern 500
  • Spencer Milloway
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