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.