Midland/Odessa already has 300,000 people in the city limits of both cities, so if you want to know why you shouldn't move to Midland/Odessa, here they are.

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1. Rent is way too high. - Rent costs for a one-bedroom are averaging over $500/mo in most apartments and mostly around $1000/mo since most of the apartments have been built in the past 10 years. This is good because before the boom 10 years ago, the newest apartment complex was built in 1984.

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2. Gas prices are the highest in the state. - Even though we are the place that produces an enormous amount of oil for the nation, we are the ones paying the highest prices for it (not counting California of course). Right now the average price for gas is hovering a little over $3.00 a gallon.

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3. Prices of houses in the area. - The average price of a house in Midland/Odessa is running right around $265,000 which is higher than the state average of $240,000 but not as bad as the national average of $287,000.

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4. Traffic in a place that has never seen traffic before. - Traffic is a big deal here in Midland/Odessa since it has just shown up over the past 10 years. Before that, there was not enough traffic to even call it traffic which led to the state not preparing for a rush of traffic coming to the area and not preparing the highways like they needed to be. Now they are trying to play catch up as lines of cars flow over into the main lanes of traffic on I-20 and cause a hazard. So now on top of traffic we were not built for, we have construction to accommodate the influx of traffic we now have.


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