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79760, 79761, 79762, 79763, 79764, 79765, 79766

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The population of Odessa is approximately 95,700 (1997), 99940 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 37,751 (1990), 36608 (2010).

The amount of land area in Odessa is 91.604 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Odessa is 35.04 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.19 sq kilometers.
The distance from Odessa to Washington DC is 1555 miles. The distance to the Texas state capital is 296 miles. (as the crow flies)
Odessa is positioned 31.87 degrees north of the equator and 102.34 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Odessa elevation is 2,851 feet above sea level.

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Odessa location: in the heart of West Texas between Dallas/ Fort Worth and El Paso on Interstate 20, about twenty miles west of Midland.

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The geography for Odessa is part of the Permian Basin. This basin was formed during the Permian Period which was the final portion of the Paleozoic Era. The basin is about 250 miles wide and 300 miles long. It was once covered by a shallow sea which had many forms of life in it. As the sea dried up, the decaying plants and animals helped to form the pools of oil and gas which dominate the areas economy.

The area has little rain or snow fall and tends to be warm. The grasses here tend to be short and sparse and the trees are usually short.

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Climate & Weather

The climate for Odessa is Semi-arid The humidity is usually low. Most of the rain comes between April and October.
Odessa average annual rainfall is 14.96 inches per year
Odessa average annual snowfall is 1.5 inches per year.
Odessa average temperature is 63.3 degrees F.
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Odessa history: History page for Odessa.

As it was for many Texas towns, Odessa began mostly because of the railroad. In 1881, the Texas and Pacific Railway extended its routes across the south plains. Once the tracks were laid, the cheap land was encouragement enough to bring new settlers. By 1885 the ranchers began to arrive and set up their herds. By the mid-1890's, Odessa was a center for cattle in the area. Though cattle remained a vital part of the economy for many years, the discovery of oil here in 1926 changed Odessa in a hurry. The oil brought many other related jobs and people to the area changing its economy to industry rather than cattle.

It is believed that Odessa was named for the Ukraine city of Odessa which has a similar geographic region around it.
The settling of Odessa: 1885
The incorporation date of Odessa: April 1927

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Odessa attractions:

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The Presidential Museum
622 North
Odessa, Texas
Phone: 915-322-7123
The only museum in the country dedicated solely to the office of the President. Permanent exhibitions include the Dishong collection of First Lady miniature dolls, campaign trivia, historical documents, and the John Ben Shepperd Library of the Presidents. Please call for hours of operation and fees.

Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale
3100 LaForce Blvd.
Phone: 915-563-0921
This orchestra was formed in 1962 and has provided wonderful concerts since that time. It is the largest group of its type in West Texas.

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