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Midland is a city in Midland County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for its location between Fort Worth and El Paso.
The latitude of Midland is 31.997N. The longitude is -102.077W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 2,782 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 96,573.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Midland demographic reports
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Oil was discovered here in 1923 and has played a central role in the local economy ever since.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 510. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 5.2 per 1,000 people.
Midland received national attention for the 1987 rescue of "Baby Jessica," 1-year-old Jessica McClure, who fell down an abandoned well.
Well-known residents have included:
· Woody Harrelson, actor
· Presidents George W. and George H.W. Bush
· Kathy Baker, actress
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- SeptemberFest - Sept. 7-9, 2007
- Rock the Desert Festival - Aug. 10-11, 2007
Dates often change. Check Midland web sites and events links in the sections below.
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Performing arts: Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale
Sports teams: RockHounds (minor league baseball)
Historic routes: Chihuahua Trail
Historic sites and museums: Midland County Museum, Museum of the Southwest Complex, Haley History Center, Confederate Air Force and American Airpower Heritage Museum, Permian Basin Petroleum Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 60
The sons of America's aristocracy were also in Midland trying to make the next big strike. The Gettys, the Mellons, and the Rockefellers all had young men in town doing their bidding. So while Midland was pure West Texas, it also boasted a Harvard Club, a Yale Club, and a Princeton Club.
-- The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty
Peter Schweizer and Rochelle Schweizer
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Ancestry & family history
12% of Midland residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Midland ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Midland was $20,884, compared with $21,587 nationally.
27% of Midland residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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- Rock the Desert Festival - A
- SeptemberFest - S
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Median rent in Midland, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $376. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $912.
Libraries in Midland include Midland Centennial Branch Library, Midland County Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Midland include Lubbock-Midland-Odessa El Editor, Midland Reporter-Telegram
TV stations in Midland include KMID, KUPB.
Midland County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Midland political report.
The average commute time for Midland workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 15 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Midland between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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“ The sons of America's aristocracy were also in Midland trying to make the next big strike. The Gettys, the Mellons, and the Rockefellers all had young men in town doing their bidding. So while Midland was pure West Texas, it also boasted a Harvard Club, a Yale Club, and a Princeton Club. ”
~ The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty
Peter Schweizer and Rochelle Schweizer
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