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Odessa, Missouri
Odessa, Missouri in 2018
Odessa, Missouri in 2018
Location of Odessa, Missouri
Location of Odessa, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Lafayette
 • Total 4.13 sq mi (10.69 km2)
 • Land 4.10 sq mi (10.61 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)
932 ft (284 m)
 • Total 5,593
 • Density 1,280.76/sq mi (494.46/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 816
FIPS code 29-54038
GNIS feature ID 0723697
The Odessa Ice Cream Company Building was added to the registry of historic places.

Odessa is the largest city in Lafayette County, Missouri, and part of the Kansas City metropolitan area within the Midwestern United States. The population was 5,593 at the 2020 census. Located along Interstate 70 Odessa's historic downtown is home to a range of boutique shops and restaurants. The city is host to the annual Puddle Jumper Days town fair, the Odessa Rodeo, a Christmas lighting ceremony and various other community events held throughout the year.


Odessa was platted in 1878, and named after Odessa, in Ukraine. A post office called Odessa has been in operation since 1879.

The Odessa Ice Cream Company Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.


Odessa is located at 38°59′49″N 93°57′18″W / 38.996962°N 93.954975°W / 38.996962; -93.954975.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.13 square miles (10.70 km2), of which, 4.10 square miles (10.62 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

Odessa is located roughly 45 minutes from downtown Kansas City, Missouri and about three hours from St. Louis, Missouri.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 100
1890 1,272 1,172.0%
1900 1,445 13.6%
1910 1,531 6.0%
1920 1,786 16.7%
1930 1,861 4.2%
1940 1,881 1.1%
1950 1,969 4.7%
1960 2,034 3.3%
1970 2,839 39.6%
1980 3,088 8.8%
1990 3,695 19.7%
2000 4,818 30.4%
2010 5,300 10.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,300 people, 2,077 households, and 1,427 families living in the city. The population density was 1,292.7 inhabitants per square mile (499.1/km2). There were 2,280 housing units at an average density of 556.1 per square mile (214.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.8% White, 1.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 2,077 households, of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.3% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 35.2 years. 27% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 22.8% were from 45 to 64; and 14.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.


I-70 Motorsports Park is a motorsports venue that opened in 1969 with a half-mile paved oval. It was shut down in 2008, then reopened in 2021 with a 3/8 dirt oval and a quarter-mile dragstrip.

The Odessa R-VII Bulldog Football Team was the 1994 and 2019 Missouri State High School Athletic Association Class 3 State Champions.


Odessa R-7 School District operates two elementary schools, one middle school and Odessa High School.

Odessa has a public library, a branch of the Trails Regional Library.

Notable people

  • Brenna Dowell, gymnast who was a world champion in 2015
  • Tonya Evinger, mixed martial artist; born in Odessa on June 4, 1981
  • Terin Humphrey, medal-winning Olympic gymnast; graduate of Odessa High School
  • James Krause, professional mixed martial artist
  • H. Owen Reed, composer; born in Odessa on June 17, 1910
  • Joe C. Specker, Army sergeant and (posthumous) Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
  • Brad Ziegler, Major League Baseball pitcher, attended Odessa High School
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