|— City of district significance —|
|• City Head||Serhiy Mazur|
|• Total||22.97 km2 (8.87 sq mi)|
|Elevation||23 m (75 ft)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Area code||+380 4866|
Balta (Ukrainian: Балта; Romanian: Balta) is a city in Odessa Oblast in south-western Ukraine. It is the administrative center of the Balta Raion (district), as well as a city of district significance. The city's population was 19,772 as of the 2001 Ukrainian Census and 19,353 in 2011.
Balta was first founded in 1797 out of a combination of three nearby towns; Yuzefhrad (Юзефград), Yelensk (Еленськ), and Balta (Балта). It is located in the historic Podolia region of Ukraine. In 1900, the city's Jewish population numbered 13,235.
From 1924-1929, the city was the capital of the Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. With the annexation of Bessarabia in 1940, Balta became a part of the Odessa Oblast of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
People from Balta 
- Aryeh Altman, Israeli politician
- Yuly Aykhenvald, Ukrainian Jewish literary critic
- Zellig Harris, American linguist, mathematical syntactician, and methodologist of science
- Vsevolod Holubovych, Prime Minister of the Ukrainian People's Republic
- Grigori Panteleimonov, Russian sport shooter who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics
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