Odessa /ˌoʊˈdɛsə/ is a city in and the county seat of Ector County, Texas, United States. It is located primarily in Ector County, although a small portion of the city extends into Midland County.[3] Odessa's population was 99,940 at the 2010 census making it the 29th-most populous city in Texas; estimates as of July 2015 indicate a population of 159,436 in the city.[4] It is the principal city of the Odessa Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Ector County. The metropolitan area is also a component of the larger Midland–Odessa combined statistical area, which had a 2010 census population of 278,801; a recent report from the United States Census Bureau estimates that the combined population as of July 2015 is 326,115.[4][5]

In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Odessa as the third fastest-growing small city in the United States.[6]

The Midland–Odessa Combined Statistical Area is a Combined Statistical Area (CSA) located in West Texas. The CSA encompasses the Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (Martin County, and Midland County), and Odessa Metropolitan Statistical Area (Ector County). As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the CSA has a population of 278,801.[1]

In the past, the cities of Midland and Odessa experienced a rivalry of bitter competition and political intrigue. Since the early 1990s, the nature of the rivalry has changed into one of friendly competition and economic cooperation. The Midland–Odessa area today is marketed as "Two Cities, no Limits."





Cities[edit] Ackerly

Goldsmith

Midland

Odessa

Stanton

Census-designated places[edit]

Gardendale

West Odessa

Unincorporated places[edit]

Greenwood

Lenorah

Notrees

Penwell

Tarzan