City of Odessa

Welcome to Odessa, Texas!

Odessa is a wonderful place to live, work and visit. With a population over 100,000, the city offers a variety of recreational activities, shopping and entertainment. Located in the heart of the Permian Basin, Odessa was founded in 1881 as a water stop and cattle-shipping point on the Texas and Pacific Railway. With the discovery of oil in West Texas in 1926, the city made a drastic change that focused on all things petroleum.

Today, we have diversified significantly, but we’re still considered one the major oil field technology centers in the world. Ever since, and for nearly a century now, we’ve been on the right side of history. Our legendary culture and citizenry make Odessa a prime location for businesses and families to thrive for years to come.

You can learn more about the history of Odessa by downloading the Odessa History Packet.

Download Odessa History Packet

Moving to Odessa

Are you relocating to the area or just moved here? Download the Relocation Packet which includes a map of Odessa, area guide and information on real estate, education and utilities.

Visiting Odessa

The Odessa Convention and Visitors Bureau is a great resource if you plan on visiting the city and offers a Visitor Packet that you can download. If you need some help getting around the city, you can access the Odessa City Map here.

Discover Odessa Visitors Guide

Doing Business in Odessa

The Odessa Economic Development Corporation website has a wealth of information that can help current companies as well as those looking to relocate to Odessa. The Odessa Chamber of Commerce is also available to answer questions and get you connected to the business community. You can find current industries and companies in our Chamber Directory.

Economic Development