dcsimg

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
Library Web Site

library logo

More Information for Librarians

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

Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab.
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school.

 
Results:  5
Matching School Ads
Programs
  • MS Cybersecurity - Computer Forensics
  • Cybersecurity Technologies Certificate
  • BS in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation
  • UC is committed to liberal education integrated with professional study
  • Accredited by the MSCHE with a beautiful campus located in Utica, New York
  • 21 graduate programs, 38 undergraduate majors & study abroad opportunities
  • More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students (full- and part-time)
  • Offers financial aid options to students who qualify for tuition assistance
Programs
  • Online Master of Social Work
  • Online Master of Business Administration
  • Online Master of Information
  • Ranked one of the Top Public Schools in 2017 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Founded in 1766 as a public institution; it has a main campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey and offers many programs online.
  • Has an average freshman retention rate of 91.8%.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 14:1, and 38% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Has famous alumni including chef and restauranteur Mario Batali, author Junot Diaz, actor James Gandolfini, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
Programs
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance
  • Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance and Cyber Security
  • Master of Science in Criminology - Leadership Focus
Advance your career with Regis University College for Professional Studies. We offer bachelor's and master's degrees in the areas of education and counseling, management, computer and information sciences, and humanities and social sciences.
Programs
  • Nurse Educator (PGC)
  • Healthcare Administration (AMBA)
  • Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Online Bachelor's programs include Healthcare Management, Public Health, IT, Psychology, BBA & Criminal Justice
  • Dedicated to delivering quality education and personalized attention to students since 1899
  • Provide a range of campus experiences and services online including advising, tutoring, student community, and career services
  • Give students and alumni access to career assistants who help with resumes, cover letters, job hunting, and more.
Programs
  • Masters of Social Work
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration - Business Process Innovation
  • Teaches academic excellence, career preparation, & civic engagement for success
  • More than 40 undergraduate majors and 50 minors, including top-ranked programs
  • In a recent survey, 90% of seniors rated overall experience as excellent or good
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education w/110 acre campus near Philadelphia
  • Military Friendly School in the top 20 % helping military families, Victory Media

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

Odessa Colleges

Click school name for a detailed profile.

Additional Details
Odessa Careers
Odessa career and employment information.
Odessa Colleges
Odessa colleges and trade schools.
Study Online in Odessa
Additional Resources
Info for Odessa Government Officials


Are you an official in the Odessa government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.

Back to Top