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Balcones Heights, Texas
Location of Balcones Heights, Texas
Location of Balcones Heights, Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Bexar
Government
 • Type Type A General Law
Area
 • Total 0.6 sq mi (1.7 km2)
 • Land 0.6 sq mi (1.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
830 ft (253 m)
Population
 (2000)
 • Total 3,016
 • Density 4,674.6/sq mi (1,804.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
78201
Area code(s) 210; 726 (assigned)
FIPS code 48-05384
GNIS feature ID 1329967

Balcones Heights is a city in Bexar County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,941 at the 2010 census. Balcones Heights is considered by some locals to be a district of San Antonio, despite the fact that the community was incorporated in 1948 to avoid annexation into the city. Balcones Heights is an enclave of San Antonio since San Antonio city limits now completely surround it.

The first indoor shopping mall in Bexar County, which opened up with the name "Wonderland Shopping City" and is known as Wonderland of the Americas, lies within the borders of Balcones Heights.

History

The first indoor shopping mall in Bexar County, which opened up with the name "Wonderland Shopping City" and is known as Wonderland of the Americas, lies within the borders of Balcones Heights.

Red Light Cameras

Balcones Heights drew local attention in late 2006 for being the first location in the San Antonio area to approve the installation of "red-light cameras." These cameras, designed to photograph violations of traffic light rules (particularly applying to red lights), were installed in March 2007.

Geography

Balcones Heights is located at 29°29′23″N 98°32′53″W / 29.48972°N 98.54806°W / 29.48972; -98.54806 (29.489729, -98.547927), 9 miles northwest of Downtown San Antonio.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2).None of the area is covered with water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 376
1960 950 152.7%
1970 2,504 163.6%
1980 2,640 5.4%
1990 3,022 14.5%
2000 3,016 −0.2%
2010 2,941 −2.5%
Est. 2015 3,254 10.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,016 people, 1,437 households, and 708 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,674.6 people per square mile (1,791.5/km²). There were 1,539 housing units at an average density of 2,385.4 per square mile (914.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.66% White, 5.37% African American, 1.56% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 17.41% from other races, and 4.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 69.60% of the population.

There were 1,437 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26.2% were married couples living together, 18.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.7% were non-families. 43.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 14.5% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 107.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,452, and the median income for a family was $27,074. Males had a median income of $21,209 versus $18,944 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,529. About 18.1% of families and 21.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.6% of those under age 18 and 15.2% of those age 65 or over.

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