Grew up in Odessa
Odessa has its own charms: High School Football. Mexican food (Rosa's, anyone?). The friendly people.
I grew up in Odessa until time for college. The school system is actually better than adequate, even a very high level. While not nationally known for it, I know many in my class that have become doctors, lawyers, etc. more so than most my friends hometowns.
Unlike what the previous poster said (who lived there as a child), the people of Odessa are very friendly. They won't snub their nose at you if you're an outsider.
Also, while oil is the main industry, Odessa had to become more varied after the crash in 1987. So you'll find more businesses there than there used to be. Better for the economy I suppose.
I would recommend Odessa to most anyone. You might have to look a little harder to find the good qualities about it, but they're there.
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