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-Stable economy
-Cost of Living
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-Hot, dry summers
-Flat terrain
-Dusty and Blowing Wind

What Bert Has To Say About Odessa Metro Area

Odessa received its name from homesick Russian railroad laborers in the 1880s, and until recently was combined with Midland to form one metropolitan area. Like Midland, the economic base is concentrated mainly in the oil and gas industry and employment prospects are mainly dependent on that industry. Recently though, the high cost of oil is spurring new exploration and development so the local economy is very vibrant.

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Quick Facts About Odessa

    The unemployment rate in Odessa is 5.90 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Negative. Odessa jobs have Decreased by 4.20 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Odessa's cost of living is 5.50% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Odessa's population is 118,968 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 32.63 percent.
    Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    The median home cost in Odessa is $181,866. Home appreciation the last year has been 94.16 percent.
    Odessa public schools spend $7,731 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 17.5 students per teacher in Odessa.

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I got caught in Odessa five years ago. I am hoping to relocate shortly. Over half of Odessa is a slum, garbage and litter seems to grow out of the ground. This is the... (read more)
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I have moved away several times, but moved back when I had kids, so the grandparents could enjoy the children. Now I am completing college, and I am leaving as soon as I... (read more)
Odessa, Texas
Good: Some nice neighborhoods. A job on every corner. Very Low Cost of living. A lot of nice playgrounds. A LOT of Churches. You can always move to Midland which is the... (read more)
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