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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 dense 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
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Odessa Rankings

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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
    685.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    98.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    87
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    421.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,775.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    308.7
    284

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 Reviews

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The town itself is very bland. Little to truly experience in the town due to the incredible Oil Field traffic. Traffic is almost always terrible due to the Oil Field as well. But, the people in Odessa can be incredibly loving and accepting. It is incredibly easy to get along with people from Odessa. In all, I would love to see an increase of entertaining things entering to city to transform it into a city rather than a dust town.
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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.
Odessa is a growing town which was not prepared to handle so many newcomers. It is a very oil-focused area, which leaves other industries short-handed. However, there are many community-oriented organizations who strive to make Odessa a better place.