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.
Kathryn Pinkney | © Texas State Historical Association
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The Ballinger City Hall serves Runnels County, Texas. Photograph by Larry D. Moore.
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Ballinger by the Numbers
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|3,619||2020||United States Census Bureau|
|3,421||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,767||2010||United States Census Bureau|
|4,243||2000||United States Census Bureau|
|3,975||1990||United States Census Bureau|
|4,207||1980||United States Census Bureau|
|4,203||1970||United States Census Bureau|
|5,043||1960||United States Census Bureau|
|5,302||1950||United States Census Bureau|
|4,472||1940||United States Census Bureau|
|4,187||1930||United States Census Bureau|
|2,767||1920||United States Census Bureau|
|3,536||1910||United States Census Bureau|
|1,128||1900||United States Census Bureau|
|1,390||1890||United States Census Bureau|