Balcones Heights, Texas

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Balcones Heights is a city in Bexar County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,016 at the 2000 census. Balcones Heights is considered by locals to be a part of San Antonio, despite the fact that the community was incorporated in 1948 to avoid annexation into the city. Truly, Balcones Heights is an enclave of San Antonio since San Antonio city limits now completely surround it. It is, however, part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The first indoor shopping mall in the city of San Antonio, which opened up with the name "Wonderland Shopping City" and is known as Crossroads Mall, lies within the borders of Balcones Heights. Balcones Heights draws a small part of its income revenue from convention and meeting facilities located on mall property and draws a considerable amount of its coffers through its notorious red-light cameras located at four key street intersections within its city limits. Specifically, 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"; angering many citizens. These cameras, designed to photograph violations of traffic light rules (particularly applying to red lights), were finally installed in March 2007.

Balcones Heights is a Type A General Law municipality. As of 2008 the city council was Suzzanne Deleon-Mayor, Bill Johnson-Mayor Pro-tem, Lamar Gillian-Councilman, Linda Pohl-Councilman, Charles Matthies-Councilman, Miguel Valverde-Councilman. The City Administrator for Balcones Heights is Sean Pate who in 2002 was appointed as one of the youngest city administrator's in the state's history while working with the city of Dalworthington Gardens.



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)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.7 km²).None of the area is covered with water.


As of the census[1] 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/sq mi (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.

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