Denton County, Texas

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Denton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 432,976; in 2009 the estimated population had reached 628,300. Part of the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex, it is one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States. The county seat is Denton.[1] The county and the city are both named for John B. Denton, who was a preacher, lawyer, and soldier. It was founded in 1846.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 958 square miles (2,481.2 km2), of which 889 square miles (2,302.5 km2) is land and 69 square miles (178.7 km2) (7.24%) is water.

Denton County sits atop a portion of the Barnett Shale, a geological formation believed to contain large quantities of natural gas. The County has benefited from tax revenue related to gas drilling and production, though complaints have arisen that many of the rural roads in the area (which were never designed to handle the heavy equipment used in gas drilling) have been destroyed by drilling companies[citation needed].

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