Odessa is a city in Lafayette County, Missouri, and part of the Kansas City metropolitan area within the United States. The population was 5,300 at the 2010 census. 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.The Odessa R-VII Bulldogs are the undefeated (15-0) Missouri State High School Athletic Association Class 3 “STATE CHAMPIONS” for the 2019 football season. Odessa is located at 38°59′49″N 93°57′18″W.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 and approximately three hours from St. Louis.
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.
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