Odessa, Washington

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Odessa is a town in Lincoln County, Washington, United States. The population was 957 at the 2000 census.



George Finney first settled on the site of Odessa in 1886. He platted Odessa in the summer of 1899 after the Great Northern Railway had built its line through the valley in 1892.The railroad siding was named Odessa Siding by railroad surveyors after Odessa, then in southern Russia, because of the German-speaking Russian wheat farmers in the area. The post office was established in June 1898. The first store was opened in 1898 by J.B. Ziegler and W.N. Schoonover. After the train depot was built in 1900, the town grew rapidly. By 1904 the town had grown from 30 to 800 people.

Odessa was officially incorporated on September 25, 1902.


Odessa is located at 47°20′N 118°41′W / 47.333°N 118.683°W / 47.333; -118.683 (47.3332, -118.6882).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 957 people, 405 households, and 268 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,170.9 people per square mile (450.6/km²). There were 472 housing units at an average density of 577.5/sq mi (222.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.39% White, 0.21% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.94% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.25% of the population.

There were 405 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.83.

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