Midland is situated midway between El Paso and Fort Worth, hence its given name. The city developed as a rail town, after being settled in 1881. The population has grown tremendously from those early roots. According to the most recent census, the population has grown to 111,147. Today the economy has shifted towards distribution and petroleum. Many people may remember Midland as the hometown of former First Lady, Laura Bush. Those who have visited this Texan city remember it for its beautiful downtown area that has amazing skyscrapers for such a population. Midland is situated in the plains area of the state and as such receives little rain compared to more northern stretches of Texas. The climate is considered semi-arid and resembles desert like conditions at different times of year. Of course, this means very mild winters, but very hot summers.
Many of the buildings that make up the beautiful Midland skyline are actually offices of major companies. The Bank of America building is one such example. The towering building holds offices for hundreds of Bank of America office workers. Unfortunately, some of the tallest buildings in the city sit vacant today due to oil market collapses from the past. Still the economy motors on amidst hardship. The largest employer is the local school district, who employs close to 3,000 individuals. Other major employers include Warren Equipment, Midland Memorial Hospital, Dawson Geophysical, Midland College, and the city itself. To learn more about the active businesses in the area, take a look at the Midland, Texas Business Directory for current contact information. Midland is not only a city with economic merits, but also one with great cultural character. Visitors to the city can take in many different types of entertainment during a visit. One might catch a show by the Midland-Odessa Symphony performance or hit up the Midland Community Theatre for any number of live performances. The city also has several locations for local artists to display works, as well as several museums that showcase the local heritage, like The Museum of the Southwest. Midland College also offers several cultural attractions each year, and of course the Midland Rockhounds, a Texas League minor league team, delight baseball fans. The Midland, Texas Yellow Pages list most of the area attractions, as well as the best places to dine and enjoy the nightlife.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan