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.

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 (14.70%), management occupations (13.43%), and office and administrative support (9.13%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Odessa telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.37% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Odessa, the average commute to work is 30.69 minutes, which is quite a bit 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 overall education level of Odessa citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.54% of adults in Odessa have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Odessa in 2010 was $27,569, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $110,276 for a family of four. However, Odessa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Odessa is a somewhat 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 10.04% of the town’s residents. 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.