Ballinger, Texas

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Ballinger is a small town in the heart of Texas. Ballinger holds itself as county seat of Runnels County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 4,243 at the 2000 census. Like every other small town, Ballinger calls itself "The Greatest Little Town in Texas."

Ballinger is the birthplace of former nationally syndicated entertainment columnist Lane Crockett (born 1942, who was primarily affiliated with the Shreveport Times. He has been called the "prince of performance critics."

George E. "Buddy" West, a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Odessa who served from 1993—2008, was born in Ballinger in 1936.



Ballinger is located at 31°44′27″N 99°57′14″W / 31.74083°N 99.95389°W / 31.74083; -99.95389 (31.740907, -99.953832)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.7 km²), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.7 km²) of it is land and 0.30% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,243 people, 1,578 households, and 1,093 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,266.7 people per square mile (489.0/km²). There were 1,879 housing units at an average density of 560.9/sq mi (216.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.68% White, 2.14% African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 14.52% from other races, and 2.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 31.28% of the population.

There were 1,578 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.7% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.10.

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