While this area isn’t for everyone, if you decide to retire in Midland, Texas it certainly has a lot to offer. Situated in high desert, its not far from SE New Mexico. This is the oil country where Presidents George and George W. Bush made their home in the 1960s. Midland is a town of 119,000 and 11.3% are over 65. The median home price is $148,000. It is rated low for crime, poverty, and tornados.
Midland has an International Airport with 3 major carriers There are two hospitals in town. The oil industry is the major employer in the area. With sunny days year round, January finds Midland ranging between the low 30’s at night about 60 during the day. The hottest month is July where it ranges 70 at night and 96-100 during the day.
But Midland has a few surprises up its sleeve! There is a ballet and symphony, a reproduction of the Old Globe Theatre where you can see both Shakespeare and other live performances. There is an active artist community with the Artizan Outlet showing the works of local painters, potters, photographers and arts of all kinds. There are plenty of festivals. Rock the Desert in August brings 50,000 Christian music fans to town with all kinds of activities and music. October brings the Commerative Airforce show with stirring re-enactments of World War II air battles, including the Battle of Pearl Harbor, and special entertainment every year. Activities, food, drink and modern aircraft performances. November has an Impressionists Art Show. March is the Scottish-Irish Faire. There are dozens more. Midland also has football, baseball, soccer, golf, tennis games and tournaments galore. So yes, Midland is kind of in the middle of no where, but it has a lot going on for those who retire here!
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