Odessa, FL

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Living in Odessa

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 $83,326.00.

Odessa is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.92% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Odessa is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Odessa who work in management occupations (17.68%), sales jobs (15.48%), and healthcare (8.31%).

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: 12.74% 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 33.38 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

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: 38.85% of adults in Odessa have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Odessa in 2018 was $44,106, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $176,424 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 12.36% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Odessa include German, Irish, English, Haitian, and Italian.

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