MIDWEST CITY — The "Midwest” in Midwest City, which is east of Oklahoma City and north of Interstate 40, doesn’t refer to the region where it’s located. Instead, the city was named after Midwest Air Depot, the former name of Tinker Air Force Base. The base remains the city’s largest employer, city spokeswoman Kay Hunt said. The city displays a strong patriotic side, with the city motto, "Midwest City: Where the Spirit Flies High.” Hunt said the city is proud that it was named one of the top three places in Oklahoma to raise a family by Business Week magazine in 2009. Factors considered by the magazine included its school system, crime rate, police and fire departments, parks, activities for children and recreation opportunities. The city, founded in 1942, is reaping the benefits from several national retailers and restaurants that were built in recent years on SE 29 between Air Depot and Midwest boulevards, Hunt said. The area, adjacent to I-40, has created "a new front door to Midwest City,” Hunt said. It has become a shopping hub for residents of McLoud, Shawnee and points beyond. Melanie Voice, Midwest City’s Convention and Visitors Bureau director, said Midwest City has become a "true player” as a meeting and conference venue. Advantages include free parking at hotels near the city’s Reed Center, which can accommodate conferences of up to 1,000, Voice said. The center is convenient to the shopping and entertainment district.
MIDWEST CITYVITAL STATS
• Founded: 1942
• Government type: Council- manager
• Size: 25 square miles
• Population estimate (2008): 56,394
• Population estimate (2000): 54,088
• Population change, 2000-08: 4.3 percent Source: U.S. Census Bureau