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Odessa, TX

Odessa, TX

Moving to Odessa, Texas

Odessa was established in 1881 as a train track campsite on the Texas and Pacific Railroad. The city is located in West Texas, halfway between Fort Worth and El Paso. The name comes from the city’s geographical resemblance to Odessa, Ukraine — once referred to as the breadbasket of Europe. Odessa is now the 30th largest city in Texas with a population of 114,597 and also makes up part of the Midland-Odessa Combined Statistical Area with an estimated population of 326,115. Because the city is developing rapidly, it was named one of four metro areas among the nation’s 20 fastest growing metropolitan areas between 2014 and 2015 (according to a Census Bureau press release). Moving to Odessa is a great option for families or individuals seeking an energetic and thriving atmosphere.

moving to Odessa, Texas

What makes Odessa a great place to move to?

Weather

The area has a semiarid climate. Summers are hot and dry with little humidity — so even when temperatures reach 90°F or higher it feels comfortable outside. Winters are mild with frequent cold periods producing an average of 1.5 inches of snow annually. The springtime is known for thunderstorms that bring heavy rainfall, hail, short periods of local flooding and few tornadoes. Despite occasional severe conditions, the weather tends to stay cozy year-round and is great for outdoor activities and events.

Food

Because other major cities are located over 200 miles away, Odessa has become an oasis of delicious food for the surrounding areas. The city offers American, Asian, Italian, Mexican, Tex-Mex, Pizza, Seafood, steak and barbecue cuisine. Enjoy a wide selection of unique entrees, sandwiches, wines and specialty cocktails at the Cork & Pig Tavern. Try a juicy burger at Whitehouse Meat Market — voted the “Best Burgers in the Basin” by local Odessans. You can also choose from a variety of meats, veggies, cheeses and sauces at Teak and Charlie’s Jersey Girl Pizza and build your own your pizza! Other local favorites include:

  • Mi Piaci Italian Restaurant
  • Rosa’s Café & Tortilla Factory
  • Dumplins Y Amigos
  • The Legendary Barn Door
  • The Lost Cajun Restaurant

Attractions

Odessa offers an array of entertaining, educational and historical attractions. Take a tour of the White-Pool House — Odessa’s oldest still-standing structure. It was first built in 1887 and later restored between 1979 and 1984. The house reopened to the public as a historical house museum in 1984 and now hosts weddings, meetings and receptions. For a unique site, visit the Odessa Meteor Crater, believed to be the second largest in the United States. If you like theater, you won’t want to miss watching classical and modern plays at the Globe Theatre of the Great Southwest — an exact replica of William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Snap a picture next to the “World’s Largest Jack Rabbit,” Jack Ben Rabbit standing eight feet tall or see Odessa’s Stonehenge replica located on the campus of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB). With so much to do and see, Odessans stay entertained! Other must-see attractions include: 

  • Presidential Museum
  • American Airpower Heritage Museum
  • Commemorative Air Force
  • Ellen Noel Art Museum
  • Sherwood Park

Annual events and festivals

As a community-oriented city, Odessa hosts many yearly events and festivals. If you’re moving to Odessa, here are some activities you won’t want to miss:

  • Fiesta West Texas
  • Midessa Boat, RV Sport & Gun Show
  • Permian Basin Fair & Exposition
  • Tejano Car Show
  • Tis Christmas Arts and Craft Fair

Education

Ector Country Independent School District (ECISD) serves the area on 43 campuses and educates over 30,000 students. The district is known for regional and state recognition in academic excellence and student achievement. There are also several choices of private/charter schools in the area. For higher learning opportunities, Odessa provides three options:

  • Odessa College (two-year community college)
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (two-year community college)
  • UTPB (four-year institution)

Employment

The unemployment rate is 4.3 percent with a job growth of 6.4 percent. Known as an oil town, Odessa’s main industry is in oil and gas production. Other major industries include mining, construction, retail and wholesale trade, government, manufacturing, finance, insurance, real-estate, transportation, warehousing and utilities. Top employers are Saulsbury Industries, Halliburton, Walmart, HEB, Odessa Regional Medical Center, Albertson’s, Weatherford and Nurses Unlimited.

Cost of living

The overall cost of living is 87 percent which is three percent lower than the Texas average and 13 percent lower than the national average. The cost of housing is 36 percent lower than the national average with a median home price of $91,200. The median household income is $57,920 and there is no state income tax.

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Moving to Odessa with U-Pack®

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  • We deliver an empty trailer or Relocube® to your home
  • You load your belongings
  • We drive to your new home (estimated time of 2-5 business days)
  • You unload and we pick up the empty equipment

Easy and affordable! Get a free online moving quote or call a U-Pack consultant at [phone:number] to see how much your move to Odessa will cost.

Station Address:
Address: 520 N Dixie Blvd
Odessa, TX 79761
United States
Phone Numbers:
Customer Service: (432) 332-9431
Fax: (432) 332-0139

If we are not able to provide door-to-door delivery to your city near Odessa, TX, you can save money by loading or unloading at the service center conveniently located in Odessa, TX. If you have questions about serviceability to your location, please call us at 800-240-7422, and a U-Pack Moving Consultant will gladly help.

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