Let me tell you a little something about this article. Its very true and very sad. I was born and raised in Odessa. I married, had kids, and divorced there. Who ever said the average rent is $1300 doesn't know what they are talking about. They rent one room FEMA trailers for over a grand. And if you can find a decent place to live its closer to $2000. Don't judge till you've experienced it. A lot of single moms can't afford rent because as a woman you can't get a job in the oilfield. Glad everyone else's life is so great.