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Overview

Introduction to Odessa, Texas

Odessa, Texas, in Ector county, is 242 miles E of El Paso, Texas. The city is in the Odessa - Midland area.

Odessa History

Odessa was first settled in around 1881 when the Texas and Pacific Railway was extended across the south plains. In fact, the city's cattle industry flourished due to the railroad. Odessa became a major cattle-shipping center during the mid-1890s. The city was named after Odessa, Ukraine. Oil was discovered in this region in 1926. The city was also the one-year home of George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, former Presidents of United States.

Odessa and nearby Attractions

  • Water Wonderland
  • Monahans Sandhills State Park
  • Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin
  • Presidential Museum
  • Parker House Museum

Things To Do In Odessa

There are several parks and playgrounds in Odessa including Bellaire Park, Crump Park, Optimist Park, and Polyantha Park. The Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin and Parker House Ranching Heritage Museum are worth visiting. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Music City Shopping Center, Town and Country Shopping Center, Rock Hill Shopping Center, Great Oil Basin Shopping Center, and Sherwood Shopping Center. In addition, the city hosts several annual events including the Fiesta West Texas, Shrimpfest, Permian Basin Fair and Exposition, and Southwest Shakespeare Festival.

Odessa Transportation

It takes a few minutes to reach Midland International Airport.

Odessa Higher Education

Odessa College, American Commercial College of Texas, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and Aladdin Beauty College are the local institutes offering higher educational facilities.

People

Total Population 111,330
Male Share of the Population 50.3%
Female Share of the Population 49.7%
Senior Citizens 10%
Employed Population 16+ 53,217
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 48.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.8%
Median Earnings25+ $39,354
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,543
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,628

Wealth

Median Family Income $67,125
% Above Poverty Level 87.9%
% Below Poverty Level 12.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.8%
Median Gross Rent $945
Median House Value $115,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 68.2%
US/American 0%
English 4.7%
Irish 5.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Odessa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 242 miles E of El Paso, Texas
County Ector
Metro Area Odessa - Midland
Standard Zip Codes 79761, 79762, 79763, 79764, 79765, 79766
P.O. Box Zip Codes 79760, 79768, 79769
Phone Area Codes 432
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.845
Longitude -102.367

Odessa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MIDLAND INTL AP
Distance 13 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 57 F
Apr Temp 49 to 79 F
Jul Temp 69 to 94 F
Oct Temp 51 to 77 F
Annual Precip 14.8 inches
Station MIDLAND 4 ENE
Distance 22.9 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 60 F
Apr Temp 48 to 82 F
Jul Temp 68 to 96 F
Oct Temp 51 to 80 F
Annual Precip 14.8 inches
Station CRANE 2 E
Distance 31 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 60 F
Apr Temp 52 to 81 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 15.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Goldsmith 208 $58,750

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Odessa Public Libraries

Library
Ector County Library
321 W 5TH ST
Odessa, Texas
(432) 332-0633
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Odessa Hospitals

MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
500 W 4TH STREET
(915) 640-7111
Emergency Service: Yes

ALLIANCE HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
515 NORTH ADAMS
(432) 550-1903
Emergency Service: Yes

ODESSA REGIONAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
520 E 6TH STREET
(432) 582-8340
Emergency Service: Yes

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Odessa High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

ODESSA H S
802 N SAM HOUSTON
432-337-6655
Serves 2,187 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

PERMIAN H S
802 N SAM HOUSTON
432-366-3652
Serves 2,034 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

HOOD J H
802 N SAM HOUSTON
432-362-2371
Serves 737 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

A I M
802 N SAM HOUSTON
432-368-2810
A Non-traditional School
Serves 673 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.9

CAREER CTR
802 N SAM HOUSTON
432-337-3377
Serves 660 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

RICHARD MILBURN ACADEMY - ECTOR CO
2525 N GRANDVIEW STE 600
830-557-6181
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 137 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.5

TEEN PARENT CTR
802 N SAM HOUSTON
432-368-2808
A Non-traditional School
Serves 67 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.2

ECTOR CO YOUTH CTR
802 N SAM HOUSTON
432-362-6356
A Non-traditional School
Serves 26 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.4

ALTER ED CTR
802 N SAM HOUSTON
432-362-8311
A Non-traditional School
Serves 22 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.8

REG DAY SCHOOL FOR DEAF
802 N SAM HOUSTON
915-332-9151
A Special Education School

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