Cost of Living,
Odessa's Real Estate Market
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metro Area
Profile: Large-city complex Location: Central Florida Gulf Coast at Tampa Bay Elevation: 57 Time zone: Eastern Standard Time
|Strengthening economy||Hot, humid summers|
|Winter climate||Growth and sprawl|
|Attractive downtown areas||Violent crime|
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This metropolitan area includes Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, all of which surround Tampa Bay. The area is varied and cosmopolitan with a pleasant climate and balanced local economy. A 1980’s building boom brought downtown Tampa skyscrapers, a major airport renovation, and the development of a cruise-ship terminal. While soft in the early part of the decade, the economy has gained traction recently as the benefits of a business-friendly climate have paid off. Among other new economy pursuits, the area has become a favorite as a secondary location for information processing for the financial industry.
There are plenty of amusement parks, museums, outdoor activities, and major-league professional sports, including baseball (Devil Rays), football (Buccaneers), and hockey (Lightning). Nearby beaches and especially those to the south near Bradenton are attractions for locals and tourists alike. Transportation and air service are excellent. Beachside areas in Clearwater and St. Petersburg are tastefully developed, with palm-tree lined boulevards and pockets of interesting restaurants and shops. These areas tend to be more geared to retirees, especially coastal Clearwater. More family-oriented suburbs and extensive commercial areas like Brandon and Valrico are located east of Tampa.
The cost of living is reasonable, but housing has followed the Florida boom and median home prices have increased markedly. Downsides include the stubbornly high violent crime rate, and typical growth-related issues of traffic and poor air quality.
The flat, coastal plain has coastal grasses, palm trees, and white sand, and much of it has an elevation of less than 15 feet. Most of the city area and coast is built up, with coastal plain forests of pine and laurel mixed with orchards and other agricultural uses inland. The Pinellas Peninsula, separating Tampa Bay from the Gulf, is an area of broad, sandy beaches and palm trees. Clearwater and St. Petersburg are located here. Summers are long, warm, and humid. Afternoon highs reach 90 degrees, with moderating afternoon sea breezes and frequent thunderstorms, and warm evenings in the 70’s. Lightning is abundant; in fact, “Tampa” is a misspelling of a Native American term for “sticks of fire” (lightning). Winters are mild with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s, and lows rarely below 50.
Interesting Facts about Odessa, Florida
As of 2014, Odessa's population is 7,251 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 128.67 percent.--------------------
The median home cost in Odessa is $339,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 11.70 percent.--------------------
Compared to the rest of the country, Odessa's cost of living is 30.80% Higher than the U.S. average.--------------------
Odessa public schools spend $9,736 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.2 students per teacher in Odessa.--------------------
The unemployment rate in Odessa is 6.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Odessa jobs have Increased by 3.13 percent.
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Average Commute time is 35 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.--------------------
Odessa's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)
• Newly Listed Homes
• Most Expensive Listing
• Million Dollar Houses
• Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
• Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
• Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
• Homes under $250,000
• Median Priced Homes
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