(Балако́во) is a town in Saratov Oblast
. Founded in 1762, town status since 1913. Population: 200,470 (2002 Census
Balakovo is the location of the Saratov Hydroelectric Station on the Volga River and the Balakovo Nuclear Power Plant. It is served by Balakovo Airport.
There is a speedway team called SK Turbina.