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A+ Midland Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Midland Cost of Living Cost of living is 13% higher than Texas
1033% more expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Midland cost of living
B Midland Crime Total crime is 27% lower than Texas
Total crime
2,19820% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4620% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-23%Year over year crime is down
Midland crime
B- Midland Employment Household income is 31% higher than Texas
Median household income
$71,50029% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$36,97624% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%39% lower than the US average
Midland employment
C+ Midland Housing Home value is 28% higher than Texas
Median home value
$182,3001% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$1,14320% higher than the US average
Home ownership
64%1% higher than the US average
Midland real estate or Midland rentals
B Midland Schools HS graduation rate is 2% higher than Texas
High school grad. rates
79%5% lower than the US average
School test scores
62%27% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:14% lower than the US average
Midland K-12 schools or Midland colleges

Living in Midland, TX

Midland, Texas is a moderately-sized city with a population of 128,051 residents. If we look at the most recent Census, Midland is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Midland are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 30% of the population also speak Spanish. Midland tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 32 is far below the national average. Midland is known to be family friendly as more than 72% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 57% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Whether you’re relocating to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Midland could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Texas if you know where to look. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, weather, education, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Midland and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Midland to Texas and the national average.

Using data and statistics Midland has received a livability score of 83 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 97th percentile when compared to all other cities. This is a phenomenal score, as Midland ranks well in multiple categories! Midland also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Midland ranks very well for amenities (A+), weather (B+), education (B) and employment (B-).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Midland has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: The Petroleum Museum, Odessa Meteor Crater and Museum, and Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Midland. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Midland are affordable. Median real estate prices in Midland come in at $182,300, which is 27.8% higher than the Texas average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Midland, the home price to income ratio is 2.6, which is 0% lower than the Texas average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Midland will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Midland, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 13.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.9%.

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Whether you believe this or not, I’m just letting you know that one of many ways to compare midland and the cities near by is LIKE a hore house. You figure out the rest. Also, lots of “christian” folks are only religious. Not sincere from the heart. Where their eyes are, so is their heart. Their eyes are on the $$$. There is ABSOLUTE NO HUMBLE IN THIS AREA... ?God have mercy here and all of us.
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Reminds me of Baghdad but i liked Baghdad more!

Lived here through some of the oil boom from 2012 until 2016. I'm not going to lie this place sucks and is very similar looking to the middle east! Its windy year around, gets to 110 degrees in the summer, looks like Iraq( with a little less garbage but not much), has sand storms and has (lots) crime. The most beautiful place for 250 miles is Carlsbad Caverns and they are caves. When you live somewhere and the most beautiful place within reason is a hole in the ground, then you should not live there! Anyone who tries to justify living here should realize money doesn't buy happiness.
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Do NOT move to Midland, Texas

I have lived in Midland since 1998 and I am actively seeking a relocation.

There is NOTHING to do in this town except go to the movies, eat out, or go to an sadly produced play; an A+ they are NOT. They really advertise the Petroleum Museum but lets be honest they don't have much that you can't see driving on the loop. There is no "Nightlife" here.

The restaurants are average at best. There are a handful of good "sit down" restaurants. The rest are your typical chain eateries: Chilies, Texas Roadhouse, Sonic type places.

The shopping is fine for kids but pretty nonexistent for adults.

The traffic and crime here are ridiculous! I don't know how they received a C+. You either get the oil boom and the people it brings in that are not invested in the community because they are only there for the money or the oil bust. The bust keeps those same people that only leave when there aren't any vehicles and homes left to break in to.

Did I mention that THERE IS NOTHING FOR ANY AGE GROUP TO DO IN THIS TOWN except go to work and go out-of-town!
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Middle of nowhere...but it's not too bad

I have lived here for the past five months. Being from the big city, I regret moving here but I had no choice (job). The city isn't THAT bad, per se, because there is still a wide selection of amenities: stores, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, and hospitals. As for the art scene, the Yucca theater puts on shows, but that's about it. Midland is still in the desert, but it does have amenities that make you forget about the pain of living there.

The rent here is outrageous - rents are inflated due to the oil boom. I pay $1165 for my housing expenses. For the apartment I have I could easily pay no more than $700-800 in Dallas or Houston.

Crime happens in Midland, but it is a lot worse in Odessa. I haven't been a victim of crime (yet), though I feel fairly safe here.

Scenery/outdoor attractions: It's not a pretty landscape. If you like the outdoors you can travel to the Davis Mountains, Big Bend National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, or Carlsbad Caverns. They are all about 3-4 hours away from Midland.

The place is really better for families...if you're single, you better make friends or leave town for the weekends because the weekends can drive you nuts. There is a young professional group here if you're interested in joining a group.

Overall, Midland is an upgrade over any town in the boonies in's a town that got your basic necessities, but if you're a city person, then Midland is not the place for you.
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Midland, Texas: Better Love Conservatives!

Politically, I consider myself conservative, so I adored this predominantly conservative area in Texas. This is the home to former President George Bush, and you can even tour his childhood home as I did. I found this to be very fascinating, but I imagine people not as conservative may find they very much dislike Midland, Texas.

I lived in Midland for about one year for a writing gig, and found that I loved it. The cost of living was very low, so for frugal people out there, you will love this aspect of Midland. The weather is typically warm and dry. The unemployment rate is about 5% right now, which is great if you are searching for a job. In Michigan, where I live right now, the unemployment rate is about 15%. That's a huge difference.

On the outside, Midland does look like a boring prairie, perhaps unsophisticated, kind of city. However, I love and cherish the simplicity of Midland. People are family-oriented and have strong values in Midland. The crime rate is lower than average and neighborhoods actually still exist. I found my neighbors to be very welcoming, even though I only lived in Midland for one year. The Midland Memorial Hospital is also a very high-quality, top notch hospital.

Overall, Midland is a great place to live if you aren't a sophisticated snob or a liberal.
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