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About Midland

119,385 in city
266,941 in metro
171 m² (1,841 ft²)
847.463867188 m
Midland is among the largest cities in West Texas, and in tandem with nearby Odessa it forms one of the largest metropolitan areas in that region of the state. It was named for its location halfway between Fort Worth and El Paso - about 300 miles (480 km) from each. It lies in the oil-rich Permian Basin along I-20 and the Texas and Pacific Railroad. Midland is also the seat of Midland County. The city was founded in 1881 with the arrival of the railroad. The discovery of oil and natural gas in 1923 led to rapid growth and the establishment of the energy industry as the basis of the economy. The Permian Basin supplies about a quarter of the nation's crude oil, natural gas, and gas liquids. Midland is also home to a number of other industries. Dubbed "The Tall City", Midland has a remarkable skyline for a city its size. Four buildings over 500 feet tall were planned in the 1980s, including one designed by world famous architect I.M. Pei. A deep recession in the oil industry, however, put an end to these plans.

Metro Cities

Big Spring, Midland, Odessa

No. of Buildings

No. Current status
165 All Buildings

Tallest Buildings

# Building Height Year
1 Bank of America Building 330 ft 1978
2 Wilco Building 307 ft 1958
3 Petroleum Building 151 ft 1929
4 Midland Tower 128 ft 1948
5 Independence Plaza - 1984