|Zone||West Hararghe Zone|
|Elevation||1,761 m (5,778 ft)|
|Time zone||EAT (UTC+3)|
Badessa is a town and separate woreda in eastern Ethiopia. Located in the West Hararghe Zone of the Oromia Region, at the base of a spur of the Chercher Mountains 40 km south of the Addis Ababa - Djibouti Railway and 65 km east of Awash, this town has a latitude and longitude of Coordinates: with an elevation of 1761 m above sea level.
The 2007 national census reported a total population for this town of 18,187, of whom 9,592 were men and 8,595 were women. The majority of the inhabitants said they were Muslim, with 64.49% of the population reporting they observed this belief, while 33.08% of the population practised Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity and 2.07% of the population were Protestant.
A post office was in service in Badessa before the Second Italian-Abyssinian War, operating from 1923. Telephone service arrived no later than 1967. Mobile telephone service was introduced to Bedessa May 2009.
- 2007 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Oromia Region, Vol. 1 Archived November 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Tables 2.1, 2.5, 3.4 (accessed 13 January 2012)
- "Local History in Ethiopia" (pdf) The Nordic Africa Institute website (accessed 11 December 2007)
- "Six towns in W. Hararge get access to mobile telephone service", Ethiopian News Agency 23 May 2009 (accessed 30 May 2009)