Midland is located in Midland County as well as a small portion located in Martin County, Texas. It is part of what is known as the Midland Texas Metropolitan area. It is also part of the larger Midland-Odessa area. Residents here are known as, “Midlanders.” Its name derives from its location midway between Fort Worth and El Paso. The city has a total area of 71.5 miles.
Midlands is located in the Permian Basin of the West Texas Plains. The area is widely known for its oil and natural gas. The area was established in June of 1881 as Midway Station, aptly located on the Texas & Pacific Railway. It was named Midland due to Midway already having been established as another Texas City. The town received its first Post Office in 1884.
As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 132,524 people, 47,682 households, and 32,632 families residing within the city limits. A decade before, the city had a total population of 111,147 people. This has resulted in a 20% population growth as of today, and the city continues to grow.
The largest employer of Midland is Midland Independent School District with almost 3,000 employees. In 2014, Midland had the United States’ lowest unemployment rate of 2.3%. Other large employers of Midland include the Midland Memorial Hospital & Medical Center, Dawson Geophysical, and Walmart.
Culture & Recreation:
Midland College’s McCormick Gallery features large art exhibitions of students’ work throughout the year. Additionally, the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale has been performing in the Permian Basin for almost 50 years. The city also has the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum on the edge of town, which highlights the rich oil industry. Lastly, Midland is home to the Midland RockHounds, a minor league baseball team as well as the West Texas United Sockers, a soccer team in the PDL league.