Ballinger, Texas

Ballinger, Texas

The Ballinger City Hall serves Runnels County, Texas. Photograph by Larry D. Moore. 

Ballinger is at the junction of U.S. highways 67 and 83 and State Highway 158, thirty-six miles northeast of San Angelo in south central Runnels County. The Colorado River and Elm Creek converge there, and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway runs through the town. Ballinger was established when the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway built westward out of Brownwood in 1886. Runnels City, the original county seat, campaigned for selection as the new railroad terminal but could not compete with the superior water supply offered at the future site of Ballinger, five miles to the south.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
3,421 2019 Texas Demographic Center
3,767 2010 Texas Demographic Center
4,243 2000 Texas Demographic Center
3,975 1990 Texas Demographic Center
4,207 1980 Texas Demographic Center
4,203 1970 Texas Demographic Center
5,043 1960 Texas Demographic Center
5,302 1950 Texas Demographic Center
4,472 1940 Texas Demographic Center
4,187 1930 Texas Demographic Center
2,767 1920 Texas Demographic Center
3,536 1910 Texas Demographic Center
1,128 1900 Texas Demographic Center
1,390 1890 Texas Demographic Center