Balta, Ukraine

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City of district significance
The city view
The city view
Flag of Balta
Coat of arms of Balta
Coat of arms
Balta is located in Ukraine
Location of Balta in Odessa Oblast
Coordinates: 47°56′24″N 29°37′19″E / 47.94000°N 29.62194°E / 47.94000; 29.62194Coordinates: 47°56′24″N 29°37′19″E / 47.94000°N 29.62194°E / 47.94000; 29.62194
Country  Ukraine
Region Odessa Oblast
District Balta Raion
Founded 1797
 • City Head Serhiy Mazur[1]
 • Total 22.97 km2 (8.87 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 23 m (75 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total Decrease 19,353
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 66100—66105
Area code +380 4866
Website [1]

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.[3] The city's population was 19,772 as of the 2001 Ukrainian Census[3] and 19,353 in 2011.[4]


Balta was first founded in 1797 out of a combination of three nearby towns; Yuzefhrad (Юзефград), Yelensk (Еленськ), and Balta (Балта).[5] It is located in the historic Podolia region of Ukraine.[6] In 1900, the city's Jewish population numbered 13,235.[6]

From 1924-1929, the city was the capital of the Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.[5] With the annexation of Bessarabia in 1940, Balta became a part of the Odessa Oblast of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.[5]

Beauplan's 1648 map showing the Balta area.

Balta is located near the Dniester River border with Moldova.

People from Balta[edit]


  1. ^ "Biographical reference". Balta City Council (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Balta (Odessa Oblast, Balta Raion)". Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Balta, Odessa Oblast, Balta Raion". Regions of Ukraine and their Structure (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Actual Population of Ukraine on January 1, 2011" (PDF). State Statistics Committee of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Main Statistical Office in L'viv region. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Historical reference". Balta City Council (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Balta, Ukraine". JewishGen Locality Page. JewishGen. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 

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