Midland is usually associated with its nearest neighbor, Odessa – 25 miles west. Texans pronounce the two cities in the Panhandle Region as one – “Midland-Odessa.” But this west Texas town has a style and flavor all its own. Midland is part of the Permian Basin – a unique geological area that contains large quantities of oil, natural gas, and dinosaur fossils. Moderate in size, approximately 139,000 residents call the city home. The city sits on the edge of West Texas’ Southern Plains, where the summers are hot, and the winters are cold and dry.