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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    B+
Odessa is a city in Texas with a population of 115,930. Odessa is in Ector County. Living in Odessa offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Odessa there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Odessa and residents tend to have moderate political views.
About Odessa...
Population
115,930

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$136,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$996
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    599
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    64.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    83.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    462.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,968.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    225.3
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    22%
    13%

Working in Odessa

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$61,541
National
$55,322
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Odessa Texas. A city that was long ago humble within its beginnings and now has become a oil money hungry monster. I have lived in the city all my life and have seen its fare shares of both the good and bad side of the spectrum. The people that were born and raised their are the most hospitable individuals you will ever encounter and that is a fact. However, since the increase in the oil market within this city it has attracted people from all over the country and at first glance this seemed like no big deal but from this large diverse group of people from out of the country it has brought much violence and turmoil within this once peaceful city. This city was never meant to uphold such a large population of people and that has became a huge dilemma within the streets of Odessa since drivers are quite reckless and have lead to many deaths here. Although this seems like Odessa is a city that is not appealing, however, some individuals say other wise. I say just give the city a try.
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The only thing Odessa really has going for them is job opportunities that mostly cater to males, especially those in the oil field. Having the University of the Permian Basin is both a blessing and a curse. Kids can grow up here and save money by going here, but they are also confined to this city. The change I hope to see are the benefits of a growing city. More diversity not just racially, but also politically. This is a widely conservative town with some traits of a typical southern city despite Hispanics being about half the population.
Odessa is dry and flat. I was born here and don't remember very much. I moved to San Antonio and lived there for most of my life and loved it. For my senior year in high school, I had to move back to Odessa. As is being a new senior in high school isn't hard enough there is nothing to do here. If I'd change anything it would be to have more vegetation in the deserted area and more activities for teenagers.