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Midland Texas - 3/1/2008
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lisa
Midland, TX

I have lived in Midland for 17 years. A friend of mine who was born in Midland and has lived here over 40 years once told me "Midland is full of $24,000 a year Millionaires." This sums up Midland. Midlanders tend to play games over prosperity & keeping up with the Jones'. My husband & I earn just under $100,000 per year. We are very conservative and have no debt. When you drive around Midland you will see lots of Hummers and other SUV's but then these drivers might be using a LoneStar Card at the grocery store. The majority of people in Midland like to act like they are "rich" when they aren't. It is an attitude. I think there are people in Midland that are very wealty (I have not ever seen any of them on the Fotune 500 list). The median income in Midland is in the $40,000 per household. I think the people with the biggest "upity attitudes" are the ones that make $40,000. I know a couple that are from the Kellog cereal family and they are sweethearts. The doctors/other income earners I know that make over $200,000 per year are also very nice. Midland is a generous community. My middle daughter is in private school and the parents there are kind and down to earth, but my son and other daughter are in public school and the majority of these parents seem to snub their noses at me. Hard to say what the attitude is, but then you can live here and not play that game. I go about my business and really do not care what they think. My children love their friends and are growing up in safe community.

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Dave

re: Midland Texas - 3/1/2008 - 8/27/2009
I am planning on moving to this area in the near future. I appreciate your post. It was very helpful. I come from a small town in Ohio. It is almost identical to your description of Midland. A lot of pretentious folks that like to act like they are the mayor when they are really more like the guy who digs the ditch. My mother was a school cook and my wife's father was a truck driver and we really could care less what you make or do for a living. I have recently met some extremely wealthy and influential people from Texas and they are the reason I am moving. I was very impressed by their kindness and down to earth approach to life. You would never have guessed they were worth a fortune. I interviewed with the one gentleman at his house on a lake and he showed up in T-shirt, shorts and flip flops. You would never have guessed this guy was worth millions. It just wasn't important to him, or me for that matter. Sadly, I feel that there is a little bit of what you described everywhere. I have entire school districts that look down on others from where I come from. This made the paper last year, A historically poorer school played an historically wealthier school in football one Friday night. The "Poor" school was beating the "Rich" school and in response the score the "Rich" school students began to chant, "That's alright, that's OK, your dad works for my dad anyway." So you see, I can't wait to leave that behind.


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Jude
Midland, TX

Misery does not love company here.. - 11/1/2014

We moved here over twenty years ago. Its a very strange place. It's simply a big oil patch that is getting bigger all the time. Ugly. Doesn't rain often but when it does it floods the streets because the soil is like talc and the water just runs off. If a house is for sale today it will be gone tomorrow and at a hefty price. You can't drink the water because of the calcium and arsenic in it, best not to water your plants with it either and use a filter on your shower and don't cook with it..you must always put citric acid in the dishwasher so your dishes don't come out white with calcium deposits and count on buying a new water heater ever other year. People come here from everywhere because you can find work easily and quickly. Greed is the order of the day here, liars scammers abound. Truck traffic and fatalities every week sometimes daily. Plastic bags adorn the mesquite trees and trash is everywhere because of the wind and people who put trash in pick beds ..I could go on forever..but I'll stop..

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John
Midland, TX

Rudest place - 1/3/2014

I was transferred to Midland two years ago and this place is by far the rudest, most unwelcoming place I have ever lived. Unless of course the people can gain something from you. Nobody says hello, nobody opens the door for you. Everybody is in their own rich clique. People are very closed minded and very snobby. They all try to compete with each other. Great place to find a job, but if you can find one somewhere else I would advise you too. I am currently trying to transfer out of here.

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John
Midland, TX

Rudest, Snobbiest place to live - 1/3/2014

I was transferred to Midland two years ago and this place is by far the rudest, most unwelcoming place I have ever lived. Unless of course the people can gain something from you. Nobody says hello, nobody opens the door for you, customer service is the worst. Everybody is in their own rich clique. People are very closed minded and very snobby. They all try to compete with each other. Great place to find a job, but if you can find one somewhere else I would advise you too. I am currently trying to transfer out of here.

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John
Midland, TX

Living in Midland - 1/1/2014

I moved here 3 years ago and this place is by far the snobbiest, rudest, most un welcoming place I have ever lived. I have lived in a lot of places throughout many states and this place is by far the most judgemental place I have ever been. They do not welcome outsiders unless they can gain something from you. Everybody thinks you owe them something. Everybody competes with everybody here. I will admit that the economy is good. That's the only positive I have about Midland.

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Terry
Midland, TX

This is not the town for everyone! - 5/27/2013

I have lived in this town for the past 20 years when it was a very reasonable place to live, friendly, and was not known for its scenery. At this point in time it is not a place to come to live because the cost of living is SO high compared to what it used to be. If u come in as a high-roller making a 6-figure income and the company picking up all your moving expenses then you won't have a problem, but if you are like a lot of people that are moving with very little financial cushion then u are going to struggle to find a place to begin with and then be able to afford it. Also the schools are over crowded because of the families that are moving here looking for the end of the rainbow. Then there is the situation with the over crowded highways here also, they were not meant to manage the huge influx of big-rigs and extra traffic from everything that goes along with a oil boom. All the culture in the world is not going to make all these life difficulties any easier to bear, the monied people are the ones that can afford the culture anyway. My husband and I bought our house the first time our apartment complex wanted to raise our rent 6 1/2 years ago and so we avoided the difficulty that people are running now and I am so greatful. At some point in time I would like to sell my house for more than what I bought for and get out. Maybe that might happen, but the people would be hard to relocate, u will find no better better which makes it easier to live here. There is always good and bad in anything, u just have to be prepared and I guess that is what I am trying to let people know.

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Cindy
Midland, TX

Terrible City - 3/4/2013

Midland, TX is NOT the place for you if you want to find a career in anything but oilfield work. Midland does not welcome poor people. Midlanders look down on people that don't make six figure salaries. The rent for a two-bedroom apartment in a ghetto neighborhood is over $1k. Housing is scarce, thus goes to the highest bidder. You might spend $300k on a house that shouldn't be worth more than $100k. You DON'T want to buy a house here if you don't plan on living here for the rest of your life, because you will likely end up losing a lot of your hard earned money.

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ELVIRA
Midland, TX

MIDLAND IS A NICE PLACE TO LIVE IN YOU DONT HAVE K - 8/28/2012

If you want to make money Midland is the right place to live but there is nothing else to do. No activieties for the kids only two high schools no options no good places to eat. Just one movie theater so basically you can save a lot of money and be bore!

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DON
Midland, TX

The almost perfect place to live - 6/2/2012

Midland is a community of about 100,000 people. Its friendliness with each other as well as visitors is legend. Midland is the major center of oil and gas activity west of Houston. This fact results in a major business atmosphere with all of the benefits of small town life. This small town has a state of the art hospital, performing arts center and an international airport to name a few of the amenities. Scenery is desert influenced and is usually an initial drawback for people seeking to settle here. However, if you get the sand in your shoes over a year or two, you won't want to call any other place "Home."

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sandra
Midland, TX

Midland TX is the Price Gouging Capital of America - 1/1/2012

See what you get when you try to rent an apartment or hotel/motel here. I hate the people responsible for what is happening here, namely the attorney general who turns a blind eye and our US government that allows the gouging of workers here,.. Horrible situation for people working the oil field jobs.

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Lindsay
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Jewish in Midland? - 12/6/2010

We are thinking of moving to the Midland area for a job for my husband. We are a Southern Jewish family -- how would we fair in Midland? How would the kids do in the schools? Thanks in advance for any advice/info.

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jan
Midland, TX

Midland, TX - 4/9/2009

Can't wait to move!

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Bp
Flower Mound, TX

The Tall City - Such a Fine Place! - 11/20/2008

I had the opportunity to live in Midland as a child from 1972 to 1978. Although we moved away, I have been able to go back to Midland on several occasions and the mere sight and mention of the town truly takes me back to the good old days. To the outsider, Midland might appear very plain and simple. Big skies, a treeless horizon, a spot of light way out there on the West Texas Prairie. Some might consider that Midland lack aesthetics. I, however, am not one of those people. I have always loved Midland and I would very much appreciate the chance to move back there and live out the rest of my years. Midland is a conservative city. The base of people living there are kindhearted people with a strong sense of community. This is a place where value systems remain intact and are instilled in each subsequent generation. Kids go to school in the neighborhood that they live in. People know each other and help each other when they need it. It's a safe place to be. There is much to do here as well. From museums, to theatre, to opera and symphony, not to mention an excellent public park system, Midland has it all. I can think of no finer place to raise a family than Midland. Midland has excellent city services. Midland Memorial Hospital and Midland College, two cornerstones of the city structure, have proven to be dependable stewards when it comes to taxes. The school district is good and the student to teacher ratio is as good as you will find anywhere (15:1). The climate is good. You will almost always get a little snow in the winter and warm and sunny days in the summer, all the while avoiding the strings of stifling 100-plus degree days like we are used to in the DFW Metroplex where I currently live. Additionally, you can be anywhere in Midland in around 15 minutes. Driving is a breeze! As I said before, some might say Midland is dull. However, I find it to be comfortable and relaxed; there is a difference. Midland is a great place to be.

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Beverly
Midland, TX

Housing - 7/24/2008

It is definitely a buyers market. There are over 500 houses on the market for buyers to choose from right now.

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James
Lowell, IN

No quality of life at all - 5/11/2008

I have lived many places in the US and none of them come close to the misery of living in Midland-Odessa, West Texas. This town takes stupidity, incompetence and the phrase 'Hell Hole' to a new level. I had the misfortune of living here for 18 months and I never knew just how bad and how miserable a town could turn someone’s life in to. The simplest, most common things become a nightmare when living in Midland. To start, eating out is a sheer waste of time, money and mental stability. Not one restaurant was able to provide any level of customer service. Wrong orders, cold food, terrible service and incompetent staff ensure your dining experience is one you will never forget. From major restaurant chains to locally owned, customer service left Midland for another galaxy. I have driven in New York, Chicago, L.A. and Houston and the driving there is absolute pleasure compared to Midland. Not one person in this town can drive without cutting you off, changing lanes at the last minute and thinking there doing nothing wrong. Great house elementary has mothers dropping kids off or picking them up all just to try and cause an accident. So many of them would try and run you off the road, pull out in front of you when you had right of way etc. The loop (Loop 250) is terrible, with every inbred redneck waiting until the last second before ramming you off the road for the next exit. I had a 7 minute drive to work and it was a nightmare. Stores. Everything I bought, from furniture to tires to groceries. Nobody could sell anything without it being damaged, incorrectly ordered, not working or past is sell by date. Customer service, again, was none existent. People were so arrogant that they thought they could treat you like garbage and you would still pay up with a smile. The people are vile. Midland is also a dump. They have an optional litter fee to help clean up the town, but the place looks like one big pigsty. At least in Great house, the garbage was everywhere. Filthy place. Of course, when you didn’t pay the optional litter fee with your water rates, the incompetent idiots in the cities billing department tried to charge you fees for not paying. Our neighbors all had dogs that barked continuously. Despite city ordinances, which were never enforced, we were rarely able to sleep. So much for you property tax going to work, which was also as high as the local thieving council could possibly assess your home for. Midland is close to nowhere and is literally the a** end of Texas. It earns this reputation as well. The people are unfriendly, arrogant and completely without any pride in what the do or who they are. I urge anyone who is considering moving here to think again. L.A., New Orleans - freaking Baghdad would be a better choice than this miserable hole.

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lisa
Midland, TX

Midland Texas - 3/1/2008

I have lived in Midland for 17 years. A friend of mine who was born in Midland and has lived here over 40 years once told me "Midland is full of $24,000 a year Millionaires." This sums up Midland. Midlanders tend to play games over prosperity & keeping up with the Jones'. My husband & I earn just under $100,000 per year. We are very conservative and have no debt. When you drive around Midland you will see lots of Hummers and other SUV's but then these drivers might be using a LoneStar Card at the grocery store. The majority of people in Midland like to act like they are "rich" when they aren't. It is an attitude. I think there are people in Midland that are very wealty (I have not ever seen any of them on the Fotune 500 list). The median income in Midland is in the $40,000 per household. I think the people with the biggest "upity attitudes" are the ones that make $40,000. I know a couple that are from the Kellog cereal family and they are sweethearts. The doctors/other income earners I know that make over $200,000 per year are also very nice. Midland is a generous community. My middle daughter is in private school and the parents there are kind and down to earth, but my son and other daughter are in public school and the majority of these parents seem to snub their noses at me. Hard to say what the attitude is, but then you can live here and not play that game. I go about my business and really do not care what they think. My children love their friends and are growing up in safe community.

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Mike
Midland, TX

Family life - 1/27/2008

I think Midland is a nice place for families to live. There are many creative things to do and very active sports programs including soccer, football, and swimming.

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Dara
Midland, TX

There is no other place like Midland....... - 8/18/2007

I am in the military and I have lived all around the world, my last home before the Military was Midland, and I miss it so much. Yes there is alot of oil rigs and not much water, but the people there are not stuck up. You can still see the stars at night, and enjoy a football game on friday nights, try doing that in New York, or Chicago. Whatever place you live in is what you make it, I feel sorry that some people feel like they had a bad experience. I will defenitly come back to Midland after I retire.

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Susan
Midland, TX

Weather - 4/23/2007

The weather is nice all year round. We do get warm in the summer and can be cold in the winter.

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Maria
Midland, TX

Couldn't be happier in Midland - 4/3/2007

I'm a Yankee and I couldn't be happier in Midland, Texas. As transplants, my husband, from the West, and I, from the Mid-West, have never felt snubbed in Midland. Neither of us work in the oil industry, nor are we "old money," and yet we find that the people here are some of the friendliest we've ever met. We love our neighborhood full of kids and we love the weather--there's so much sun and low humidity! I feel sorry for those who have expressed opposite opinions that they had such bad experiences here, but I wonder if that was before 1987 when oil was a bigger business here. All I know is that having lived here for four years, I don't ever want to move!

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Stephen

Best kept secret in America - 10/4/2006

Midland, Texas is a very conservative community. The cost of living is very low and the weather is dry. Halfway between El Paso and Ft. Worth on interstate highway 20, the Midland/Odessa petroplex has most everything other larger cities have (except traffic). The topography is flat and really not much to look at. This is offset by the the friendliest people and the most beautiful sunsets you'll ever come across.

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