Location of Odem, Texas
|o Total||1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)|
|o Land||1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)|
|o Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||72 ft (22 m)|
|o Density||2,200/sq mi (820/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|o Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1343063|
The city was platted in 1909 by John James Welder and David Odem. It was named for Odem, who was the county sheriff.
Odem is located at (27.947773, -97.584169).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,499 people, 776 households, and 633 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,246.0 people per square mile (869.3/km²). There were 843 housing units at an average density of 757.7 per square mile (293.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.59% White, 0.20% African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 22.97% from other races, and 2.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 77.91% of the population.
There were 776 households out of which 43.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.3% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.22 and the average family size was 3.65.
In the city, the population was spread out with 32.5% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,090, and the median income for a family was $33,947. Males had a median income of $26,875 versus $19,063 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,246. About 18.2% of families and 19.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.5% of those under age 18 and 22.9% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Odem is served by the Odem-Edroy Independent School District.