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Midwest City is a city in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 54,088 and is the seventh largest city in the state.
Midwest City is a city of 25 square miles whose southern border is Tinker Air Force Base and is part of the Oklahoma City "OKC Metro" Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Midwest City was founded by W.P. Atkinson in 1941 when he heard speculation that an air field (now Tinker AFB) was going to be built in the area. Atkinson, along with others, initially planned Midwest City as a one-square-mile development.
The economy of Midwest City prospered and continued to surge until the early 1980's when the oil bust of 1983 occurred. The bust was a severe economic blow to not only the greater OKC metro area, but to also the twin cities of Midwest City and Del City. From 1983, Midwest City's nominal price for real estate stagnated for over a decade.
Midwest City's monolythic economic base of Federal tax dollars via TAFB has helped the city weather the drastic blows to the State's mainstay oil and agricultural economy. Tinker Air Force Base is a major area employer. The General Motors Oklahoma City Assembly plant was another major employer from its opening in 1979 until its closure in February 2006. GM closed the plant as part as a cost-savings measure.
Over the past few years, there has been a large amount of development in Midwest City along I-40. The Reed Center, a 60,000 square foot convntion center, was built in 2003. Because of this, several hotels have been built in the area, including a $15 milllion Sheraton hotel that is attached to the convention center. Also, many big box stores, such as Lowe's, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Target, and Kohl's have been built along I-40. Some of these stores replaced the aging Atkinson Plaza shopping center as well as several other developments.
Throughout the year, Midwest City is host to many unique special events such as: Star Spangle Salute in July, Global Oklahoma - A Festival of Cultures in October, and Holiday Lights Spectacular in November and December.
Midwest City is the site of the first Sam's Club location; the store opened in April 1983.
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