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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population114,258
Male Share of the Population50.3%
Female Share of the Population49.7%
Senior Citizens10.1%
Employed Population 16+54,512
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married46.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.4%
Median Earnings25+$39,949
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,561
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,108

Wealth

Median Family Income$70,929
% Above Poverty Level88.2%
% Below Poverty Level11.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone26.7%
Median Gross Rent$974
Median House Value$124,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)67.7%
German6.3%
Irish4.8%
English4.5%
Scottish1.2%
French Except Basque0.9%
Italian0.9%
African0.9%
Nigerian0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Polish0.3%
Danishn0.2%
Arab0.2%
Swiss0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Greek0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Czech0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Odessa Almanac

CategoryValue
County Ector County
Standard Zip Codes79761, 79762, 79763, 79764, 79765, 79766
P.O. Box Zip Codes79760, 79768, 79769
Phone Area Codes432
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude31.85
Approximate Longitude-102.36

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)

StationMIDLAND INTL AP
Distance13 miles
Jan Temp30 to 57 F
Apr Temp49 to 79 F
Jul Temp69 to 94 F
Oct Temp51 to 77 F
Annual Precip14.8 inches
StationMIDLAND 4 ENE
Distance22.9 miles
Jan Temp30 to 60 F
Apr Temp48 to 82 F
Jul Temp68 to 96 F
Oct Temp51 to 80 F
Annual Precip14.8 inches
StationCRANE 2 E
Distance31 miles
Jan Temp31 to 60 F
Apr Temp52 to 81 F
Jul Temp72 to 95 F
Oct Temp53 to 79 F
Annual Precip15.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Goldsmith240$52,031
Midland128,051$84,852

Odessa Public Libraries

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

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Odessa Hospitals

Odessa Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
515 Adams Avenue
Basin Healthcare Center
(Proprietary)
904 East 4th Street
Medical Center Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
500 West 4th Street

Odessa Public Schools

Gale Pond Alamo El
801 E 23rd St
ZIP: 79760
(432) 456-1019
Primary
Total Enrollment 548
Austin Montessori Magnet
901 N Lee Ave
ZIP: 79761
(432) 456-1029
Primary
Total Enrollment 497
Bonham J H
2201 E 21st St
ZIP: 79761
(432) 456-0429
Middle
Total Enrollment 1270
Bowie J H
500 W 21st St
ZIP: 79761
(432) 456-0439
Middle
Total Enrollment 1013
Carver Early Ee-kg
600 College Ave
ZIP: 79761
(432) 456-1069
Primary
Total Enrollment 530
Compass Academy Charter School
1111 Pagewood
ZIP: 79761
(432) 366-2667
Primary
Total Enrollment 575
Dowling El
1510 E 17th
ZIP: 79761
(432) 456-1079
Primary
Total Enrollment 816
El Magnet At Blackshear
501 S Dixie Blvd
ZIP: 79761
(432) 456-1279
Primary
Total Enrollment 926
El Magnet At Hays
1101 E Monahans St
ZIP: 79761
(432) 456-1129
Primary
Total Enrollment 484
El Magnet At Milam El
815 S Dixie Blvd
ZIP: 79761
(432) 456-1169
Primary
Total Enrollment 655
El Magnet At Reagan El
2321 E 21st St
ZIP: 79761
(432) 456-1189
Primary
Total Enrollment 707
El Magnet At Travis
1400 S Lee
ZIP: 79761
(432) 456-1229
Primary
Total Enrollment 717
Gonzales El
2700 Disney St
ZIP: 79761
(432) 456-1119
Primary
Total Enrollment 643
Lamar Early Ee-kg
501 Lettie Lee
ZIP: 79761
(432) 456-1159
Primary
Total Enrollment 594
New Tech Odessa
300 E 29th St
ZIP: 79761
(432) 456-6989
High
Total Enrollment 328
Alter Ed Ctr
1299 A Yukon
ZIP: 79762
(432) 456-0049
Other
Total Enrollment 85
Blanton El
4101 Lynbrook Ave
ZIP: 79762
(432) 456-1259
Primary
Total Enrollment 676
Burnet El
3700 Permian Dr
ZIP: 79762
(432) 456-1049
Primary
Total Enrollment 768
Ector Co Youth Ctr
1401 Yukon Rd
ZIP: 79762
(432) 456-0049
Other
Total Enrollment 40
Goliad El
501 E 52nd St
ZIP: 79762
(432) 456-1109
Primary
Total Enrollment 518
Harmony Science Academy - Odessa
2755 N Grandview Ave
ZIP: 79762
(432) 363-6000
Primary
Total Enrollment 450
Ireland El
4301 Dawn Ave
ZIP: 79762
(432) 456-1149
Primary
Total Enrollment 572
John B Hood
601 E 38th St
ZIP: 79762
(432) 456-0459
Middle
Total Enrollment 823
L B Johnson El
6401 Amber Dr
ZIP: 79762
(432) 456-1289
Primary
Total Enrollment 850
Nimitz J H
4900 Maple Ave
ZIP: 79762
(432) 456-0469
Middle
Total Enrollment 1102
Permian H S
1800 E 42nd St
ZIP: 79762
(432) 456-0039
High
Total Enrollment 2573
Ross El
4600 N Everglade Ave
ZIP: 79762
(432) 456-1199
Primary
Total Enrollment 790
Sam Houston El
300 E 37th St
ZIP: 79762
(432) 456-1139
Primary
Total Enrollment 625
Utpb Stem Academy
4901 E University Blvd
ZIP: 79762
(432) 552-2580
Primary
Total Enrollment 301
Cameron Dual Language Magnet
2401 W 8th St
ZIP: 79763
(432) 456-1059
Primary
Total Enrollment 849
Crockett J H
2301 Conover St
ZIP: 79763
(432) 456-0449
Middle
Total Enrollment 923
Ector J H
809 W Clements St
ZIP: 79763
(432) 456-0479
Middle
Total Enrollment 1716
Edward K Downing El
1480 N Knox Ave
ZIP: 79763
(432) 456-0001
El Magnet At Zavala
1201 Clifford St
ZIP: 79763
(432) 456-1239
Primary
Total Enrollment 686
G E 'buddy' West El
2225 W Sycamore Dr
ZIP: 79763
(432) 456-0001
Lauro Cavazos El
9301 W 16th St
ZIP: 79763
(432) 456-1309
Primary
Total Enrollment 845
Odessa H S
1301 N Dotsy
ZIP: 79763
(432) 456-0029
High
Total Enrollment 2779
Pease El
1800 W 22nd St
ZIP: 79763
(432) 456-1179
Primary
Total Enrollment 866
Reg Day School For Deaf
1301 N Dotsy Ave
ZIP: 79763
(915) 456-1919
Primary
Total Enrollment 5
Richard Milburn Academy Odessa
2419 N County Rd W Ste 100
ZIP: 79763
(432) 614-1859
High
Total Enrollment 392
San Jacinto El
1000 W 19th St
ZIP: 79763
(432) 456-1219
Primary
Total Enrollment 746
Burleson El
3900 Golder Ave
ZIP: 79764
(432) 456-1039
Primary
Total Enrollment 785
Murry Fly El
11688 Westview
ZIP: 79764
(432) 456-1269
Primary
Total Enrollment 838
Noel El
2200 Newcomb Dr
ZIP: 79764
(432) 456-1249
Primary
Total Enrollment 862
Odessa College Technical Early College H S
2001 W University Blvd
ZIP: 79764
(432) 456-0001
Barbara Jordan El
9400 Rainbow Dr
ZIP: 79765
(432) 456-1299
Primary
Total Enrollment 921
Lee Buice El
1800 E 87th St
ZIP: 79765
(432) 456-0001

Odessa Private Schools

Kiddie Kollege Kindergarten
1919 N Lee Ave
ZIP: 79761
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Odessa Christian School
2000 Doran Dr
ZIP: 79761
Elementary
Total Enrollment 89
St Marys Central Catholic School
1703 Adams Ave
ZIP: 79761
Elementary
Total Enrollment 152
Sherwood Christian Academy
5611 Ector
ZIP: 79762
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 71
St Johns Episcopal School
401 N County Road W
ZIP: 79763
Elementary
Total Enrollment 166
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