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Midland, Michigan... Big City Life in a Mid-Sized Community

The Midland community provides the amenities of big city life with all the charm and security of a mid-sized community. Light traffic, a healthy economy, moderate cost of living, impressive housing stocks, strong educational systems, and easy access to big-city attractions put Midland on Movoto's 2013 list of the top 10 cities in Michigan.

Midland has experienced much economic development in the past 20 years. An emphasis on a thriving Downtown Midland has resulted in the 2007 opening of the $50 million Dow Diamond stadium, home of Class-A minor league baseball's Great Lakes Loons; the new East End Development, complete with pedestrian plazas, loft housing, live-work dwellings, unique shops and cafes, outdoor dining and public art; a five-star-quality hotel and conference center called the H Hotel; upscale and casual restaurants and speciality shops; charming apartments and condo living; plus space for businesses of all types and sizes.

The Center City District is a shopping locale in - you guessed it! - the center of Midland. It is fully developed with a mixture of retail, restaurant, and other service sector businesses, as well as some multi-family housing.

Midland is also home to a regional shopping mall, constructed in 1991 and located on Eastman Avenue just north of US-10. The Midland Mall features four anchor stores complemented by more than 60 specialty and name-brand shops. Many retail stores, hotels, restaurants and entertainment facilities have located in the mall area, helping to bring a full range of shopping, dining and leisure opportunities to area residents and visitors.

A Community of Neighbors

More than 85 places of worship represent most denominations. And when it comes to rolling up your sleeves to help out those in need, the Midland community rises to the occasion.

Our local United Way Volunteer Center recruits up to 2,000 volunteers each year, and the United Way of Midland County supports 25 community organizations with more than $4.1 million in community giving and the priceless donation of community members’ time and talents.

A Community of Beauty

Midland boasts 72 City parks on 2,700 acres of land - more than twice the amount of park land in the cities of Mt. Pleasant, Bay City, and Saginaw combined!  Small neighborhood parks nestled within residential areas are found throughout the city so that each neighborhood has a unique place for family recreation and small gatherings. Larger groups can enjoy the amenities of several big parks in the city. Two of the community's largest parks, Emerson and Plymouth, are favorites for softball diamonds, sheltered picnic areas, playgrounds, and - at Plymouth Park - an outdoor pool.

Nature is found in abundance at Midland’s Dow Gardens, a 100-acre garden originally designed for the home of Dow Chemical Company founder Herbert H. Dow in 1899.

Midland's Midland's sister city in Handa, Japan, has made our community more beautiful with the gift of a Stone Lantern Garden, located on the grounds of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library. There are also many gifts to the city that are on display at the library, and a plethora of Japanese cherry trees that dot our community's landscape.

The main entrances to Midland feature colorful wayfinding signage and a variety of flowers and plantings to greet visitors and residents alike. At the Eastman Avenue/U.S. 10 overpass, there are handcrafted copper medallions by local artists that grace all sides of the bridge.

Midland home and business owners take great pride in their natural surroundings, enhancing their landscapes with bright and colorful plantings, many of which are native to Michigan. Midland Blooms, held each spring, brings volunteers out in full force to plant flowers and foliage along Midland's busiest thoroughfare. Property owners make the most of their outdoor surroundings, with some Midlanders being rewarded through an annual Beautification awards competition.

A Community of Culture

In Midland, outstanding cultural opportunities range from music and theater to science and the arts. The Midland Center for the Arts provides state-of-the-art stages for audiences of 400 to 1500 and has featured everything from local performances to world-class orchestras and dance companies from around the globe.

The home of well-known mid-20th century architect Alden B. Dow makes for an interesting tour, as does the Herbert D. Doan Midland County History Center, where you can learn the history of Midland County, Fortune 500 company The Dow Chemical Company, and the Victorian-era, gothic-style Bradley House, one of Midland's first homes dating back to 1874.

A Community of Commerce

The Dow Chemical Company and Dow Corning Corporation are two Fortune 500 companies with world headquarters and major manufacturing plants in the community, adding to the excellence of Midland through their continued scientific research and development.

Other professional opportunities can be found at hundreds of large and small businesses throughout Midland and our neighboring communities and at Midland’s state-of-the-art medical facility, MidMichigan Medical Center, featuring the Neuroscience Institute and Pardee Cancer Center. 

For details on the City's efforts to bring about more business and industry to our community, see the website of our local economic development partner, Midland Tomorrow.

A Community of Convenience

Midland is conveniently located in the center of Michigan, just 15 minutes away from MBS International Airport.

Private and corporate jets can also be serviced at our community's general aviation airport, Jack Barstow Municipal Airport, located in Midland.

If a nice drive is more your style, a two- to three-hour jaunt in any direction by car will fulfill most of your vacation, sightseeing, or big-city needs including spending time on the shores of Michigan’s five Great Lakes.

A Community of Education

The outstanding Midland Public School System is comprised of 13 elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools. In addition to having many notable programs, Midland offers an exemplary education, as evidenced by Expansion Management magazine’s ranking Midland Public Schools in the top 17% of school districts nationwide for 2007.

Close-to-home higher education is provided by six area institutes, colleges, and universities including: Central Michigan University, Northwood University, Saginaw Valley State University, Delta College, Davenport University and Michigan Molecular Institute.

In addition to formal education opportunities, Midland's award-winning public library, the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, is the perfect place to gain more knowledge.  The library provides resources that satisfy the life-long informational, educational, and cultural needs of the Midland community.

A Community of Sports Enthusiasts

Mid-Michigan's only minor league baseball team, the Great Lakes Loons, landed in the community in April 2007.  The 5,500-seat Dow Diamond stadium near downtown Midland is a great place for games during the warmer months and special events all year 'round. Click here to find out more about the Loons.

For indoor sports, you can't beat two indoor NHL-sized ice-skating rinks and a brand-new turf floor at Midland's 107,000-square-foot Midland Civic Arena.

For the daredevil in you, check out the City's BMX bike track, located at Stratford Woods Park, right next to our sandy beach at Stratford Woods.

In 1999, Midland proudly opened Michigan's first outdoor skatepark, where skateboarders and in-line skaters of all ages perform the latest techniques.

The Midland Community Tennis Center is recognized as one of the top 25 tennis facilities in the country and is home to the annual Dow Corning Women’s Tennis Tournament, drawing top professionals from around the world. As a community of tennis aficionados, Midland was named the #1 Tennis Town in the nation in 2009 by the U.S. Tennis Association.

Unofficially the “World Softball Capital,” Midland regulary hosts state, national, and international softball tournaments. In 1999, Midland was the site of the final qualifier for the 2000 Olympics’ USA Women’s Softball Team. In 2004, the USA Softball Women's National Team visited Midland for a scrimmage against the Midland Lady Explorers. Midland was the only stop in Michigan for the U.S. team that won the gold during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. In 2008, Midland again hosted the women's Olympic team in a rousing game against the Lady Explorers.

The Midland Community Center provides everything from racquetball courts, to a curling center, to a 20,000-square-foot indoor leisure pool.

Two public golf courses - including the municipal course, Currie Golf Course; two community pools; and a Midland Soccer Complex round out a community with outstanding sporting fun.

A Look Back in Time:  History of the Community

Midland, Michigan is located mid-section of the Michigan mitt, near the crook of the thumb. 

Together, Saginaw, Midland and Bay City make up the area commonly referred to as the Great Lakes Bay Region.  As far as population numbers, Midland is the second largest of the three cities. Saginaw is the largest; Bay City, the smallest. 

Midland has evolved from an Indian village to the "City of Science and Culture." If you visited Midland in the 1850s, you would have discovered riverbanks lined with Chippewa Indian Wikkiups, round huts made of bent saplings covered with skins and bark. Perhaps you would have come across an Indian man hunting or fishing while others worked crops of corn, squash, gourds, and pumpkins.  The 1,000 acres now known as the Chippewa Nature Center originally were part of the 6,000 acres retained by the Chippewa Tribe under the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.

Following the era of Indian hunters, fishermen, and white fur-traders were farmers and loggers.  The second largest sawmill in the Saginaw Valley was located in Midland.  What is now Main Street began as a series of businesses along a dirt road constructed of timber cut from surrounding forests. 

Midland County was organized in 1850.  By 1874, the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad extended through the heart of Midland to Averill, three miles to the west.  The City of Midland was incorporated in 1887. 

In 1890, a young man named Herbert Henry Dow arrived in Midland and subsequently founded The Dow Chemical Company.  His success enabled Midland to survive the end of the logging era and to grow to its present size.  Now the heart of Michigan’s technology basin, Midland is the global headquarters of two Fortune 500 companies, Dow Chemical and Dow Corning Corporation, and home to the Midland Cogeneration Venture, the largest gas-fueled, steam recovery cogeneration facility in North America.  Midland has become a center for industrial innovation, and is quickly becoming a hub for the solar energy industry, emerging technologies, and a variety of entrepreneurial pursuits.