The City of Odem, population 2,389, is located in the south western portion of San Patricio County, close to the neighboring community of Calallen. Situated on Highway 77 between Corpus Christi and Houston, Odem benefits monetarily from a steady flow of vehicles - passenger and commercial - that travel through the area. The city has grown in recent years with several new housing developments including Angelita Estates and Odem South in outer-lying areas of town. Odem is positioned to become a “bedroom community” for residents wishing to work on the industrial eastern end of San Patricio County and “Refinery Row” in Corpus Christi.
The average daily vehicle count exceeds 20,000. The city was platted in 1909 by John James Welder and David Odem, the latter of which was the county sheriff at the time. The City grew up around the railroad and in 2013 was name a “Train Town of USA” by Union Pacific. True to its heritage of being a “transit town,” Odem is a popular spot to fuel up, boasting at least five gas stations and one hotel.
Shopping, Dining & Services
Residents enjoy a variety of dine-in and fast food restaurants which serve primarily American and Mexican cuisine. Fast food options range from Dairy Queen and McDonalds to Subway. Dine-in restaurants include traditional Mexican taquerias, a home-style BBQ joint and a popular up-scale seafood restaurant, The Railroad Seafood Station.
While there are two clothing and gift boutiques in town, many residents enjoy easy access to Wal-mart, Kohls, Bealls and many other amenities in Calallen (6 miles away). Odem has a bank, post office, real-estate office, and Dollar General Store among other shopping options. Residents enjoy picnicking, basketball and the playground at “City Park,” which is the civic center of the city. The four major churches serving the city are Sacred Heart Catholic Church, First United Methodist, First Baptist and Church of Christ. Each year, the City hosts the Odem Jubilee which includes a sanctioned bar-be-cue cook-off, as well as “Easter in the Park” and “Christmas in the Park” at the same location.
The City of Odem is the 7th most populated city in San Patricio County. As of the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 2,839 people, or approximately 4.13% of the county’s total population.
- Median Household Income: $50,583
- Per Capita Income: $20,785
Odem-Edroy ISD consists of three campuses including Odem Elementary (PK-5), Odem Junior High (6-8) and Odem High School (9-12).
Odem-Edroy ISD “Met Standard” on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) – which is one of the ways schools in Texas are evaluated. Each campus, as well as the district as whole “Met Standard.”
As of the 2012-2013 school year, there were 1,043 students enrolled at Odem-Edroy ISD. The district is classified as 2A (A-5A). The school colors are blue and gold and the school mascot is the Owl.
- 85.6% of teachers hold bachelor’s degrees
- 14.4% hold masters degrees
Most teachers at Odem-Edroy ISD have 1-5 years or more than 20 years of experience. See chart below:
Labor & Employment
Odem’s businesses and industries attract laborers from within the city limits, elsewhere in the county and outside of the county.
Labor force: 1,189
Unemployment Rate: 6.7 %
The City of Odem tax rate is 0.861170
The San Patricio County tax rate is 0.52000
The Odem-Edroy ISD tax rate is 1.28730
Odem Government and Leadership
Odem Mayor Billy Huerta
City Manager Janie Martinez
City Hall: (361) 368-2831
Odem-Edroy ISD Superintendent Lisa Gonzales
O-EISD: (361) 368-8121