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. Much of the housing stock in Odessa was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Odessa economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. 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.

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 (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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 13.57% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

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 32.45 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 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.