Ector County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of 2015, its population was 159,436. Its county seat is Odessa. The county was founded in 1887 and organized in 1891. It is named for Mathew Ector, a Confederate general in the American Civil War.
Ector County comprises the Odessa, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Midland–Odessa Combined Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 902 square miles (2,340 km²), of which 898 square miles (2,330 km²) is land and 4.1 square miles (11 km²) (0.5%) is water. Ector County has an average rainfall of about 14 inches per year and a warm, sunny, semiarid climate. Most of the county is relatively flat with small areas slightly rolling. The area is known for its stark flat landscape. There are few naturally occurring trees with most of them being mesquite trees which more resemble large bushes.
As of the census of 2000, there were 121,123 people, 43,846 households, and 31,700 families residing in the county. The population density was 134 people per square mile (52/km²). There were 49,500 housing units at an average density of 55 per square mile (21/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 73.69% White, 4.61% Black or African American, 0.83% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 17.38% from other races, and 2.81% from two or more races. 42.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
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