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Odessa is a somewhat small town located in the state of Florida. With a population of 8,080 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Odessa is the 229th largest community in Florida. Odessa has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Odessa, where the median household income is $84,583.00.

Housing costs in Odessa are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don’t compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Florida.

Unlike some towns, Odessa isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Odessa are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Odessa is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Odessa who work in sales jobs (14.64%), management occupations (14.35%), and healthcare (8.45%).

Also of interest is that Odessa has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US. One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.58% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Odessa is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Odessa a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Odessa has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Odessa’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Odessa, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.57 minutes every day commuting to work.

Being a small town, Odessa does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The population of Odessa is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 37.31% of adults in Odessa have a bachelor’s degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Odessa in 2018 was $41,851, which is upper middle income relative to Florida, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $167,404 for a family of four. However, Odessa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Odessa is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Odessa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Odessa residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Odessa also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.49% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Odessa include German, Irish, English, Haitian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Odessa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.


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