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.

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 city of sales and office workers, service providers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Odessa who work in office and administrative support (14.52%), sales jobs (11.95%), and management occupations (8.56%).

In terms of college education, Odessa is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.31% of adults 25 and older in Odessa have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Odessa in 2010 was $26,794, which is upper middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $107,176 for a family of four. However, Odessa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Odessa is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 52.81% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Odessa include Irish, English, French , and Dutch.

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