Balcones Heights is a city in Bexar County, Texas, United States. 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 the city of San Antonio, which opened up with the name “Wonderland Shopping City” and is known as Wonderland of the Americas, lies within the borders of Balcones Heights. The City is now home to many medical professional offices, new pedestrian and transit-oriented developments, and the Methodist TexSan Hospital.
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. Since their installation, traffic accidents in these intersections have decreased 40% according to City data.
Most of the city is served by San Antonio Independent School District. Most residents of the San Antonio ISD section are zoned to Baskin Academy, with a small portion zoned to Maverick Elementary. All such residents are zoned to Longfellow Middle School, and Jefferson High School, all in San Antonio. Some of the city is served by the North East Independent School District. The portion is served by Dellview Elementary School, Jackson Middle School, and Lee High School, all in San Antonio.
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.