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A+ Odessa Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Odessa Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than Texas
Odessa
9010% less expensive than the US average
Texas
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Odessa cost of living
F Odessa Crime Total crime is 14% higher than Texas
Total crime
3,40924% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3024% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-30%Year over year crime is down
Odessa crime
C- Odessa Employment Household income is 11% higher than Texas
Median household income
$60,61910% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$29,3282% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%17% lower than the US average
Odessa employment
D+ Odessa Housing Home value is 13% lower than Texas
Median home value
$124,60033% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9743% higher than the US average
Home ownership
62%2% lower than the US average
Odessa real estate or Odessa rentals
C+ Odessa Schools HS graduation rate is 8% lower than Texas
High school grad. rates
72%14% lower than the US average
School test scores
59%19% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:15% lower than the US average
Odessa K-12 schools or Odessa colleges

Living in Odessa, TX

Odessa is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Texas. The city has a population of 114,258 people. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (83% White). Given that fact, Odessa could be considered less diverse than other cities. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Odessa are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 40% of the population also speak Spanish. With an average age of 31 years old, Odessa could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average.

Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Odessa could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Texas if you know where to look. Finding the best places to live in Odessa and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, cost of living, weather, education and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 72/100, Odessa is ranked #7,740 in the United States and #1,005 in Texas. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Odessa has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), cost of living (B) and weather (B-). There are some categories that Odessa ranks poorly for, including: crime (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Odessa, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Odessa is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Odessa come in at $124,600, which is 12.7% lower than the Texas average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Odessa, the home price to income ratio is 2.1, which is 19.2% lower than the Texas average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Odessa area were 16.2% and 5 year appreciation rates were 3.7%.

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Dirty Industrial City. Miserable at best.

Attractions2/10
Community1/10
Nightlife1/10
Dining5/10
Shopping5/10
There is nothing redeeming about about Odessa Texas. It is a dirty industrial city. Quality housing is limited and costly. Crime rate is horrendous. Air quality is poor, H2S odor is prevalent most days. Among the worst drivers I have ever experienced. Cost of living depropatant to quality of life. Nothing aesthetically pleasing. My wife and moved here 4 years ago and are searching for anywhere else to relocate to.
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Odessa Oil Boom or Doom

Attractions5/10
Community5/10
Nightlife3/10
Dining3/10
Shopping5/10
I have lived in Odessa for quite a few years. I have to say besides being the location of Friday Night Lights I could not wait to get out of there. If Texas had an armpit Odessa would be it. The south side of Odessa has always had a high crime rate and being the bad part of town for as long as I can remember. It was a part of town that was on the wrong side of the tracks, you did not go there unless you were looking for trouble. The east side of town used to be a safer area. However with the highest crime rate, I have ever seen in my life there really is not any part of Odessa that is safe anymore. The western side of Odessa is primarily trailer parks and the area's highest hispanic population. Last year Odessa was listed in Time magazine as having the highest crime rate in the USA. 1 out of every 94 residents is a crime victim.

As far as a sense of community Odessa the born and raised residents are extremely friendly. This is a place where manners still matter and neighbors will help each other in a time of need. As far as the public school system, there are a few good schools in the area. However the majority of the schools are behind the schools in other communities. The health care system in Odessa is below par, there is a very limited selection of good medical doctors. I have known several people who have gone in for minor surgery at the hospital and died. The hospital always uses the same excuse, they were allergic to the anesthesia. If I needed any medical treatment I would take my chances on trying to get to Dallas.
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no parking in yard causing major issues

Attractions6/10
Community6/10
Nightlife6/10
Dining6/10
Shopping6/10
WE LIVE IN AN OLDER NEIGHBORHOOD WE ARE A 2 CAR FAMILY AND WE HAVE ONE PAVED PARKING LOT ONLY ...LAST WEEK OUR CAR GOT HIT WHILE ONE OF OUR CARS WAS PARKED IN THE STREET .... A NEIGHBOR ALSO GOT THEIR CAR HIT ......NOW WE WILL RUSH TO GET ANOTHER DRIVEWAY THAT WILL COST US $ 2000.00 OF WHICH WE CAN'T AFFORD ITS EITHER GET THE DRIVEWAY OR GET A 2000.00 FINE SO WE DON'T CONTINUE TO GET OUR CARS DAMAGED ........NOT HAPPY WITH THE CITY OF ODESSA ..... I WOULD RATHER LIVE SOMEWHERE ELES WHERE THEY DON'T HAVE RULES THAT ARE A INCOVENIENCE TO PEOPLE WHO WORK HARD AND OWN THEIR OWN HOMES
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Terrible place to raise a family

Attractions3/10
Community5/10
Nightlife3/10
Dining3/10
Shopping3/10
I have lived here for 21 years and I have never been more ready to leave! Since the oil boom Odessa has brought in the dregs of society. The crime is horrible, traffic is horrible, housing is horrible, and most of the schools are horrible. The traffic fatalities are outrageous! The streets aren't designed to have so many on the road. It's very over populated! Families are living in tents and hotels because there isn't enough housing/apartments. The schools are having to turn students away because they are over ran. Fortunately my kids go to Reagan Magnet school which has the highest rating of any school in the Permian Basin. It's a fantastic school with a fantastic staff! This has been the only thing that's held us back from leaving Odessa.
Thugs, vandals, and druggies are everywhere here. My house has been broken into 3 times, my car has been broken into and burglarized, my car window has been shot with a BB twice, and my husband was almost mugged yesterday and we live in the safer part of Odessa. This town is ugly and there's nothing to do here. You can't water your lawn when you want because of the drought. The weather is bi-polar and the mall is a flea market! You can't go to Walmart without standing in line for at least 45 mins. Plan on being there for a good 1.5 hrs.
Odessa hasn't always been like this and it's very sad to see it go down! The locals who have been here for 10+ years are some great people and super friendly. Unfortunately, all of this is driving us out of here. I would not recommend raising your kids here or any other town around here. If possible stay away from Odessa at least until the oil boom is down. Which is said to be here for at least 10 years and we are at the beginning of the boom.
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Odessa,TX: Home of the Odessa Broncos!

Attractions9/10
Community9/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining7/10
Shopping7/10
I visited Odessa, Texas in January of 2008. My mother grew up in this city, so it was fun to see the places she used to hang out. In Odessa, I was comfortable right away, because of how friendly everybody was. Even though it was January, I found the weather not to be too cold. I also noticed that the weather changes frequently. One minute it can be 80 degrees, the next it can be below six degrees. We went to see the Permian Basin String Quartet at the Ector Theater, and I was impressed. I also visited Ratliff Stadium, and watched a football game! The Odessa Broncos won! I found out that this stadium happens to be one of the largest in the country.

I went and ate at a couple different restaurants in Odessa but didn't find any to be really tasty. They have some Restaurant chains that are located in every other city. I also noticed that there isn't too much of a nightlife. Everybody said that if you want to enjoy really cool clubs in Texas you have to drive to Dallas. Overall, Odessa seemed to be a beautiful, old-fashioned country city.
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Source: The Odessa, TX data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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