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Federal subject
Saratov Oblast

Local time
Tuesday 11:04 PM


79 km²

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Administratively subordinated to
city of oblast significance of Balakovo

Administrative center of
Balakovsky District, city of oblast significance of Balakovo

Municipal district
Balakovsky Municipal District

-1°C, Wind NE at 5 km/h, 87% Humidity

Points of interest
Dom-muzey V.I. Chapaeva

Balakovo (Russian: Балаково; [bəlɐˈkovə]) is a city in Saratov Oblast, Russia, located on the left bank of the Volga River about 131 kilometers (81 mi) northeast of Saratov, the administrative center of the oblast. Population: 199,690 (2010 Census); 200,470 (2002 Census); 197,391 (1989 Census).


Map of Balakovo, Saratovskaya Oblast, Russia


It was founded in 1762 by the Old Believers who returned from Poland and was granted town status in 1913.

Administrative and municipal status

Within the framework of administrative divisions, Balakovo serves as the administrative center of Balakovsky District, even though it is not a part of it. As an administrative division, it is incorporated separately as the city of oblast significance of Balakovo—an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts. As a municipal division, the city of oblast significance of Balakovo is incorporated within Balakovsky Municipal District as Balakovo Urban Settlement.


Balakovo is the location of the Saratov Hydroelectric Station on the Volga River and the Balakovo Nuclear Power Plant. It is served by the Balakovo Airport which currently does not work. Balakovo has rail connection to Moscow, and is an end destination for some train routes.


Balakovo has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa) with long cold winters and warm, often hot summers. The warmest month is July with daily mean temperature near +23 °C (73 °F); the coldest month is February with −9 °C (16 °F). Balakovo has distinct cold and warm seasons, like cold winters and warm summers. The temperatures at night are cooler than during daytime.

Winter has prolonged freezing periods, with the coldest month most often being December. August is on average the month with most sunshine. Rainfall and other precipitation has no distinct peak month, but December is slightly the wettest.


There is a speedway team called SK Turbina.

Notable people

  • Yulia Alipova (born 1990), beauty pageant titleholder
  • Artem Vodyakov (born 1991), speedway rider
  • Andrei Kovalenko (born 1970), professional ice hockey forward
  • Dmitri Kugryshev (born 1990), professional ice hockey forward
  • Andrey Kudryashov (born 1991), speedway rider
  • Twin towns and sister cities

    Balakovo is twinned with:

  • Pabianice, Poland
  • Trnava, Slovakia
  • Cherepovets, Russia
  • Zagreb, Croatia
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Baku, Azerbaijan
  • References

    Balakovo Wikipedia

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