Midwest City was founded by W. P. Atkinson in 1941 as a settlement for people affiliated with the recently built airfield adjacent to the city.
As of the 2010 census, the population was 54,371, making it the eighth largest city in the state.
The city suffered damage during two tornadoes, the first in May 1999 and the second on May 8, 2003.
The city was incorporated on March 11, 1943.
Midwest City was named for the air field’s original designation as the Midwest Air Depot. When Major General Clarence L. Tinker of Pawhuska, Oklahoma became the first American general killed in World War II (June 7, 1942) near Wake Island, the airfield was renamed in his honour.
Midwest City is located at 35°27′44″N 97°23′3″W (35.462244, -97.384292).
The city has a total area of 24.6 square miles, all land.
The city’s elevation is 1,157 feet above sea level.
Midwest City’s economic base is heavily dependent upon Federal tax dollars via Tinker Air Force Base, the largest single-site employer in Oklahoma.
In 2003, the Reed Center, a 60,000-square-foot convention centre, was built.