MSA: Midland, TX
Best places ranking: #6 among small metro areas
Midland is the regional center for the state's oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin, handling 61% of Texas's oil production. Like all Texas cities, Midland has no corporate income tax or state income tax, making it an attractive place for business -- and for companies that bring new jobs to the area, the Midland Development Corporation offers incentives.
Midland's downtown area is being renovated, with an emphasis on mixed-use development and green spaces. Next to petroleum, health care and retirement are the town's major industries. Unemployment is low, and the cost of living is reasonable.
This part of the state is semi-arid, flat, and has no natural streams or lakes. Residents call it a family-oriented community with outstanding athletic facilities for the young and old alike. Touted as the childhood home of former President George W. Bush, the area is adjacent to the Big Bend Region of Texas and Big Bend National Park. -Dinah Eng
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"Midland's the best place in the world to start a business, because if you're committed and stick with it, the community will support you 110. " -Susie Hitchcock-Hall