Odessa, FL
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Odessa is a somewhat small town located in the state of Florida. With a population of 7,582 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Odessa is the 230th 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 $61,284.00.

Odessa is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.29% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Odessa is a town of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Odessa who work in sales jobs (14.18%), management occupations (13.74%), and office and administrative support (10.50%).

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: 11.37% 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.

Odessa is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Odessa’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Odessa, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.47 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

As is often the case in a small town, Odessa doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The citizens of Odessa are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 34.17% of adults in Odessa have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Odessa in 2010 was $28,145, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $112,580 for a family of four. However, Odessa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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. Important ancestries of people in Odessa include Irish, Italian, English, and French .

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