Odessa, TX
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Odessa is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 118,968 people and 28 constituent neighborhoods, Odessa is the 31st largest community in Texas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Odessa is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Odessa is a city of sales and office workers, construction workers and builders, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Odessa who work in office and administrative support (13.89%), sales jobs (11.94%), and management occupations (8.50%).

In terms of college education, Odessa is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.80% of adults 25 and older in Odessa have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Odessa in 2010 was $27,885, which is upper middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $111,540 for a family of four. However, Odessa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Odessa is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Odessa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Odessa, accounting for 54.07% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). 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, English, Italian, and French .

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