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 $68,509.00.

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.

Odessa is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (16.44%), management occupations (14.26%), and office and administrative support (7.37%).

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: 13.57% 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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Odessa really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Odessa perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In Odessa, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.45 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

Odessa is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The education level of Odessa citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.32% of adults in Odessa have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Odessa in 2010 was $39,899, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $159,596 for a family of four. However, Odessa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Odessa is a very 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 11.52% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Odessa include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Haitian.

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