The Midland City area began to be settled during the late 1840s. An early settler, Shep Kennedy, having grown tired of traveling to buy supplies, opened a store there in 1859. The settlement had enough population by 1860 to send 16 men to serve in the Civil War. When the Midland Railroad Corporation built a line through the area in 1889, the company laid out a planned town along the tracks and began selling lots. The town incorporated in 1890 and was probably named after the railroad, although another theory is that it was named for its location approximately midway on the line between Thomasville, Georgia, and Montgomery, Montgomery County.
Midland City's population according to the 2010 Census was 2,344. Of that number, 70.4 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 23.3 percent as African American, 4.1 percent as Hispanic, 3.7 percent as two or more races, 0.5 percent as Native American, and 0.4 percent as Asian. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $29,591, and the per capita income was $16,283.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Midland City was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (27.9 percent)
· Retail trade (15.0 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (9.9 percent)
· Manufacturing (9.7 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (9.2 percent)
· Construction (8.3 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (6.2 percent)
· Public administration (6.1 percent)
· Wholesale trade (2.7 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (2.6 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (2.6 percent)
Schools in Midland City are part of the Dale County School system; the town has approximately 760 students and 51 teachers in one elementary school and one high school. The George C. Wallace Community College Dothan is located about two miles from Midland City.
State Highway 134 runs east-west through the city, and U.S. Highway 231 runs northwest-southeast. The Dothan Regional Airport is located about 2 miles east of the city.
Events and Places of Interest
Dale County maintains a baseball/softball facility in Midland City, and the town also has an outdoor basketball court facility.
Dale County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Dale County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2001.
James P. Kaetz
Published September 5, 2012
Last updated September 7, 2012