Although not in Stockholm County it has the north-western terminus of the Stockholm suburban rail system. Many inhabitants commute to Stockholm. The travel time is 40 minutes by suburban train, and less than 30 minutes by commuter-or intercity rail. Lasse Åberg, a famous Swedish actor, musician and artist, lives in Bålsta and has opened a museum there.
Even though Bålsta is not a very large town, there are a lot of organizations and activity-centers in the town such as a hockey-arena hosting the team Bålsta HC, a public swimming pool, several football fields and several gyms hosting e.g. the football-team Håbo FF and the floorball team Valhall IBK. Bålsta also has a mall with several stores.