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Welcome to Odessa ...

The city of Odessa is located in Lafayette County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Odessa, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1879.

When the people of Odessa refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Odessan<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Odessa has a population of 5,253 people<3> (see below for details).

Odessa is 980 feet [299 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Odessa lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Odessa lies within the (816) area code.

The ZIP code for Odessa: 64076<5>

Websites for Odessa ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Odessa had an population of 5,253 people. This is a decrease of 0.89% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 9.03% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Odessa had a population of 5,300 people (which is 15.88% of the total population of Lafayette County). This makes Odessa the county's most populous community.

The population of Odessa represents 0.09% of the total population of Missouri (which has 5,988,927 people), making it the state's 123rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 5,300 people, the population of Odessa increased 10% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 4,818 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Odessa.

Communities Also Named Odessa ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 20 communities that are also named Odessa - they are located in California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Odessa.

Communities near Odessa ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Odessa.

  • Blue Springs
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the west)
  • Grain Valley
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grain Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grain Valley
    • Grain Valley is located in Jackson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 14,827 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Grain Valley <6>
  • Oak Grove
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oak Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oak Grove
    • Oak Grove is located in Jackson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,437 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oak Grove <6>
  • Richmond
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the north)
  • Higginsville
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
  • Lexington
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the north)
  • Buckner
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)
  • Holden
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
  • Lake Lotawana
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake Lotawana have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Lotawana
    • Lake Lotawana is located in Jackson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,131 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lake Lotawana <6>
  • Lone Jack
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southwest)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Odessa. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Odessa.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Odessa. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Odessa.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Odessa. Our list includes 4 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Odessa.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Odessa ...

Looking for more information about Odessa? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Odessa, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Odessa.

Adding Odessa to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Odessa in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Odessa was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>

From that list, the Odessa post office opened in 1879.

We also found Odessa in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Odessa.

The official website for Odessa:

The official website for State of Missouri:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Missouri's counties, including Lafayette, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Odessa refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Odessa may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Odessa.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Odessa - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Odessa). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Odessa or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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