Profile for Odessa, Texas, TX
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"Jackrabbit Capital of Texas"
Odessa is a city in Ector County. (The community straddles Ector and Midland counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)
It is the county seat.
One tradition says Odessa was named for the city in the Ukraine.
The latitude of Odessa is 31.845N. The longitude is -102.367W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 2,900 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 91,113.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Odessa demographic reports
Odessa is in the Permian Basin.
Odessa developed as a stop on the Texas and Pacific Railroad.
Oil was discovered here in 1926.
Site of the "World's Largest Jackrabbit," a 10-foot statue
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 588. The number of murders and homicides was 3. The violent crime rate was 6.4 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 2004 movie, "Friday Night Lights"
Well-known residents have included:
· Larry Gatlin, country singer and songwriter
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Fiesta West Texas - May 4-6, 2007
- Southwest Shakespeare Festival - Aug. 30-Sept. 9; Sept. 13-15, 2007
- Shrimpfest - Feb. 26, 2007
- Permian Basin Fair & Exposition - Sept. 7-15, 2007
- Permian Basin Intertribal Powwow - Sept. 22-23, 2007
- Hot Diggity Hog Fest - Oct. 20, 2007
Dates often change. Check Odessa web sites and events links in the sections below.
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Nearby parks & recreation:
Monahans Sandhills State Park
Odessa attractions: K-Bar Ranch, Water Wonderland
Sports teams: Roughnecks (Intense Football League), Jackalopes (CHL)
Historic sites and museums: Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin, Parker House Museum, Presidential Museum
Colleges and universities:
Odessa College, University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 70
Of all the legends of Odessa, that of high school football was the most enduring. It had a deep and abiding sense of place and history, so unlike the town, where not even the origin of the name itself could be vouched for with any confidence.
-- Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
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Ancestry & family history
8% of Odessa residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Odessa ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Odessa was $16,096, compared with $21,587 nationally.
15% of Odessa residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Odessa festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Permian Basin Fair & Exposition - S
- Fiesta West Texas - M
- Permian Basin Intertribal Powwow - S
- Southwest Shakespeare Festival - A
- Hot Diggity Hog Fest - O
- Shrimpfest - F
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Odessa, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $327. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $726.
Libraries in Odessa include Ector County Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Odessa include Lubbock-Midland-Odessa El Editor, Odessa American
TV stations in Odessa include KMLM, KOCV, KOSA, KPEJ, KPXK, KWES.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KOCV.
Ector County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Odessa political report.
The average commute time for Odessa workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 23 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Odessa between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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“ Of all the legends of Odessa, that of high school football was the most enduring. It had a deep and abiding sense of place and history, so unlike the town, where not even the origin of the name itself could be vouched for with any confidence. ”
~ Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
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