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Ector County

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Population
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Area (sq.mi.)
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157,462
14.8
901.8
897.7
2,780–3,360
13.45
31.8
94.8
78,458
5.4
$879,318,083
$45,806
$15,520,634,743
$3,399,553,636

map of Ector County
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Physical Features: West Texas county; level to rolling, some sand dunes; meteor crater; desert vegetation.

Economy: Center for Permian Basin oil field operations, plastics, electric generation plants.

locator map for Ector County

History: First settlers in late 1880s. Oil boom in 1926. County created from Tom Green County, 1887; organized 1891; named for jurist M.D. Ector.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 33.5; Black, 5.1; Hispanic, 59.7; Asian, 1.2; Other, 1.6; Two or more races, 1.5.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 3,161; deaths, 1,182; marriages, 1,420; divorces, 422.

Recreation: Globe Theatre replica; presidential museum and Bush childhood home; ranching museum, art institute; second-largest U.S. meteor crater, museum; Stonehenge replica.

Minerals: More than 3 billion barrels of oil produced since 1926; gas, cement, stone.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, horses are chief producers; pecans, hay, poultry; minor irrigation. Market value $2.2 million.

Education: University of Texas of Permian Basin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Odessa (junior) College.

ODESSA (119,860, part [1,670] in Midland County) county seat; oil and gas, manufacturing, ranching; hospitals; cultural center; Permian Basin Fair and Expo in September.

Other towns include: Gardendale (1,940), Goldsmith (266), Notrees (20), Penwell (41), and West Odessa (28,410).

Odessa home of Presidents Bush

The Odessa home of two presidents, George H.W. and George W. Bush. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

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