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 Permian Basin, Odessa was founded in 1881 as a water stop and cattle-shipping point on the Texas and Pacific Railway.
Odessa is known for its cowboy culture, the legion of oil rigs that stand on top of dusty plains, and Friday Night Lights, a book and film based on one of the town’s high school football teams. Yet there’s more to this West Texas town than meets the eye. Spend some time here and you'll discover more than a few surprises, such as a working recreation of William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, a replica of Stonehenge, and second largest meteor crater in the United States. Not only that, but the Midland-Odessa area also has a thriving arts scene with top-class performers and a world-class performing arts center.