Midland is the county seat of Midland County with a small portion of the city reaching into Martin County. It is located on the Southern Plains and currently has a population of roughly 111,146. It is the principal city of the Midland Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of July 1 2009, The Midland-Odessa, Texas Combined Statistical Area had a population of approximately 266,941. The inhabitants of the city of Midland refer to themselves as Midlanders.
The city of Midland was founded in 1881 because of its convenient place as the midway point on the Texas and Pacific Railroad between El Paso and Fort Worth. The city's original name was Midway but was changed a couple of years later because of another city within Texas having the same name. Midland is George W. Bush, the former president's childhood home and laura Bush, the former First lady's hometown.
Midland City was originally a farming and ranching community. Nonetheless, the Midland's economy underwent a big changed when oil was discovered in the Permian Basin during 1923.
The city of Midland has numerous attractions situated nearby, including: the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Midland County Museum, Museum of the Southwest Complex, Big Spring State Park as well as the Confederate Air Force and American Airpower Heritage Museum.
Located in Midland city limits are numerous amazing parks, like for instance: Tolbert Park, Trinity Park, Doug Russell Park, CJ Kelly Park, Halff Park and Fasken Park. Also, there are several fascinating museums with a complete account of the region's history, like for example the Midland County Historical Museum and the Museum of the Southwest. There is also the American Airpower Heritage Museum, which is home to more than 50,000 artifacts from World War II. World class shopping is offered at The Midland Park Shopping Centre.
Located in Midland is the management and administrative headquarters for the gas and oil industry of the Permian Basin, which is the biggest oil producing region in Texas. The nation's energy industry is heavily influenced by the Permian Basin.
Midland features numerous oil and gas related businesses, including finance, legal, accounting, data processing, marketing and engineering. The economy is also supplemented by ranching and agriculture businesses.
There are some jobs within the city of Midland which need a college or university degree, including manufacturing and wholesale sales reps, registered nurses, geoscientists, petroleum engineers, financial analysts, financial managers, child, family and school social workers, and engineering managers. The largest employers in the city are involved in mining, healthcare, educational services, accommodation and food services, scientific and technical services and professional.