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Overview of Odessa

Odessa is hailed as “the right place in Texas” with the right people, right time and right opportunities for everyone. The city is home to numerous parks that add to the natural beauty found in western Texas. With more than 102,000 local residents, this large community is accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. Look for Odessa apartments for rent, and find a vibrant community in the American South.

Living in Odessa, TX

The Texas & Pacific Railroad brought settlers and commerce to western Texas in 1881. Odessa was originally a stop and cattle shipping point on the line connecting Marshall, Texas, to El Paso, and remained a sleepy town until oil was discovered in the area. When Penn Field and Cowden Field opened in the early 1900s, the population grew exponentially as many new workers flooded to the area to take advantage of new opportunities. The Petrochemical Complex began operations in 1957 and, along with other companies in town, revolutionized the technology that used waste products from gas and oil production to make rubber. Odessa has been a major distribution and processing center for the petrochemical industry for decades, and when industry officials realized that petroleum is a nonrenewable resource, city officials started new initiatives to support the local economy. Today, the town is a thriving community with many obscure local attractions that keep life interesting for local

residents.

Odessa Work and Study

Odessa is home to Odessa College and more than 5,000 students who attend classes there each year. Odessa College is open to all high school graduates, students with GED certifications and transfer students who have completed the Texas Higher Education Assessment, making college accessible for most local residents. With college-prep programs, career and technical tracks, continuing education, adult basic education, workforce training and community recreation programs, Odessa College has something to offer to everyone. Courses taken here are guaranteed to transfer to a Texas public four-year university, leading many students to begin their education at Odessa College for an easier transition into college. OC is joined by the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and others to offer higher education opportunities in western Texas.

For those seeking work, Odessa is home to many important companies in the energy industry. The city’s proximity to the Permian Basin has led to a local economy built on oil, gas and energy production. The top energy employers in Odessa are Saulsbury Companies, Haliburton Services, Weatherford CPS and Holloman Construction. The Odessa Regional Medical Center is also in town and employs more than 900 local residents with a range of hospital jobs. Other top employers include Walmart, Nurses Unlimited, Investment Corporation of America and Bobby Cox Companies. Fifty-four percent of Odessa residents work in management, sales and office occupations and are joined by 17 percent in the production, transportation and material moving industries to make up the majority of the local workforce.

Rentals in Odessa, TX and Cost of Living

With all of the acclaimed aspects of the Texas lifestyle, residents in Odessa pay relatively low rent prices. United States Census Bureau statistics indicate that the average apartment here costs $641 a month, which is $160 less than the Texas state average. Everyday living expenses are also very affordable in Odessa. The city received a cost of living index of 83, which is significantly below the United States average of 100.

Odessa Attractions and Special Events

Odessa is home to many regional attractions that create a unique cultural landscape in town. The Globe of the Great Southwest, Odessa Meteor Crater and Odessa Stonehenge have historical significance and bring a worldly feeling to local residents.

Every September, the streets of Odessa are filled with Trans-Pecos American Indian heritage during the annual Permian Basin Intertribal Powwow. The event features native dancers in traditional dress, vendors selling native jewelry and other crafts, singing and drumming and samplings of traditional foods. The Fall Festival also brings families together in Odessa with many carnival style attractions including face painting, live music, inflatable jumpers, a balloon ride, and much more. Other local favorites include the Taste of the Permian Basin, Permian Basin International Oil Show and the annual Harvest Fair.

To find an Odessa apartment or rental, check out our apartment listings. Rent.com® is happy to help you find your next home.

The Azure - Midland, TX 79706
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Midland, TX 79706

$1050 - $1575

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Midland, TX (West End)


$1050 - $1575

156 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

WALL STREET LOFTS - Midland, TX 79701
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Midland, TX 79701

$1600 - $2135

1 Bed 1 Bath

Midland, TX (Original Town)


$1600 - $2135

109 Units 1 Bed 1 Bath

Sandstone Ridge Apts - Midland, TX 79707
19

Midland, TX 79707

$1350 - $2375

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Midland, TX (Green Hill Terrace)


$1350 - $2375

176 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pebblebend Apartments - Odessa, TX 79762
51

Odessa, TX 79762

$830 - $1425

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Odessa, TX (Garden Crest)


$830 - $1425

224 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Clusters Apartments - Midland, TX 79707
32

Midland, TX 79707

$899 - $1576

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Midland, TX (Northgate)


$899 - $1576

352 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Mesquite Terraces - Midland, TX 79701
30

Midland, TX 79701

$1199 - $1849

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Le Mirage - Midland, TX 79707
25

Midland, TX 79707

$1189 - $2459

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Midland, TX (Wydewood Estates)


$1189 - $2459

290 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Palms - Midland, TX 79707
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Midland, TX 79707

$1239 - $2119

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Midland, TX (Northgate)


$1239 - $2119

280 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Regency Gardens - Bryan, TX 77807
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(16)

Bryan, TX 77807

$1000 - $1590

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Bryan, TX (Parks Legado Town Center)

(16)

$1000 - $1590

200 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Dorado Ranch - Odessa, TX 79765
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Odessa, TX 79765

Contact for Pricing

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Odessa, TX (Parks Legado Town Center)


Contact for Pricing

224 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Brady Station - Odessa, TX 79762
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(10)

Odessa, TX 79762

$1042 - $1956

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Odessa, TX (Parks Legado Town Center)

(10)

$1042 - $1956

262 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Tuscany at Faudree Apartments - Odessa, TX 79765
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Odessa, TX 79765

$1199 - $2199

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Odessa, TX (Parks Legado Town Center)


$1199 - $2199

352 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Summertree Place Apartments - Odessa, TX 79762
6

Odessa, TX 79762

$999 - $1455

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Odessa, TX (Garden Crest)


$999 - $1455

60 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Newport Apartments - Midland, TX 79707
15

Midland, TX 79707

$730 - $1300

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Midland, TX (Fairmont Park)


$730 - $1300

297 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Regency Square Apartments - Odessa, TX 79762
28

Odessa, TX 79762

$900 - $1600

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Odessa, TX (Parks Legado Town Center)


$900 - $1600

114 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Residence At Midland - Midland, TX 79706
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Midland, TX 79706

$1300 - $1975

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Midland, TX (Westridge Park)


$1300 - $1975

290 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Trinity Place - Midland, TX 79707
25

Midland, TX 79707

$759 - $979

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Midland, TX (Northwood)


$759 - $979

220 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Stone Creek - Midland, TX 79707
23

Midland, TX 79707

$730 - $1099

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Midland, TX (Fairmont Park)


$730 - $1099

192 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Fairgreen Apartments - Odessa, TX 79761
9

Odessa, TX 79761

$779 - $1099

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Odessa, TX (Parks Legado Town Center)


$779 - $1099

119 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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