Balcones Heights is a very small city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 2,725 people and just one neighborhood, Balcones Heights is the 548th largest community in Texas.
Balcones Heights is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Balcones Heights is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Balcones Heights who work in office and administrative support (21.54%), sales jobs (12.09%), and food service (9.59%).
Also of interest is that Balcones Heights has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
For a small city, Balcones Heights has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Balcones Heights exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.
In Balcones Heights, just 10.59% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Balcones Heights in 2018 was $24,639, which is middle income relative to Texas, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $98,556 for a family of four. Balcones Heights also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 42.95% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Balcones Heights is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Balcones Heights home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Balcones Heights, accounting for 68.68% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Balcones Heights residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Balcones Heights include German, Irish, French, English, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Balcones Heights is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.
The way a neighborhood looks and feels when you walk or drive around it, from its setting, its buildings, and its flavor, can make all the difference. This neighborhood has some really cool things about the way it looks and feels as revealed by NeighborhoodScout's exclusive research. This might include anything from the housing stock to the types of households living here to how people get around.
Astoundingly, the neighborhood has one of the highest concentrations of divorcees living here than of any neighborhood, a higher concentration than NeighborhoodScout found in 97.8% of U.S. neighborhoods. This may be because people living here divorce more often than others, or that divorced people move here after they become divorced. If you are divorced, you will be in good company in this particular Balcones Heights neighborhood.
In addition, the neighborhood stands out for having an average per capita income lower than 96.8% of the neighborhoods in the United States.
In the neighborhood, carpooling is still a popular way to get to and from work. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals that 23.7% of commuters carpool here, which is more than in 96.5% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Did you know that the neighborhood has more Mexican ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 67.8% of this neighborhood's residents have Mexican ancestry.
is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 3.0% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak African languages at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 97.1% of the neighborhoods in America.
How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.
The neighbors in the neighborhood in Balcones Heights are low income, making it among the lowest income neighborhoods in America. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 96.8% of U.S. neighborhoods. With 50.8% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 94.0% of U.S. neighborhoods.
A neighborhood is far different if it is dominated by enlisted military personnel rather than people who earn their living by farming. It is also different if most of the neighbors are clerical support or managers. What is wonderful is the sheer diversity of neighborhoods, allowing you to find the type that fits your lifestyle and aspirations.
In the neighborhood, 30.0% of the working population is employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is executive, management, and professional occupations, with 24.0% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations (23.2%), and 22.9% in manufacturing and laborer occupations.
The languages spoken by people in this neighborhood are diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 59.4% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish, French and African languages.
Culture is shared learned behavior. We learn it from our parents, their parents, our houses of worship, and much of our culture – our learned behavior – comes from our ancestors. That is why ancestry and ethnicity can be so interesting and important to understand: places with concentrations of people of one or more ancestries often express those shared learned behaviors and this gives each neighborhood its own culture. Even different neighborhoods in the same city can have drastically different cultures.
In the neighborhood in Balcones Heights, TX, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Mexican (67.8%). There are also a number of people of German ancestry (4.3%), and residents who report Irish roots (2.7%), and some of the residents are also of French ancestry (2.6%), along with some English ancestry residents (2.4%), among others.
Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (51.3% of working residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.
Here most residents (64.0%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (23.7%) and 6.5% of residents also ride the bus for their daily commute. In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.