Around Midlothian

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Due to its central location on primary rail lines, Highway 67 and 287, and nearby Interstate-35, Midlothian continues to attract a growing number of distribution-related companies to its Railport Business Park. In its early years the location on the Austin Chalk Escarpment (which runs through the town) made the city a favorite location for cement companies. Today, it is home to three of the largest cement factories in the nation.

Cost of Living

Many potential homeowners are attracted to Midlothian because its homes are lower-priced than comparable houses in the nearby DFW Marketplace. The overall cost of living for the city is lower than the national average. The rate for property tax in the county is 2.361 percent. While the city has the basic selection of shops and stores, most residents find the boutiques and shopping malls in Dallas as primary destinations.

Transportation

Transportation by vehicle is the most common option for Midlothian residents, and the multiple highways and Interstate-35 make any major metropolitan areas accessible. The DFW Metroplex provides extensive public transport options, including DART, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system. General aviation services are provided by the nearby Midway Regional Airport.

Schools

Harkening back to its rural history, the Midlothian Independent School District covers nearly 112 square miles. The facilities include nine school facilities serving more than 7,000 students with a highly favorable student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. The schools are active in a variety of competitions (ranked as 4A), and the area boasts a modern athletic complex built at a cost of $14 million in 2006. There are several charter and private schools in Midlothian, and there is a community college in nearby Waxahachie.

Attractions

The small-town atmosphere is a highly prized aspect of life in Midlothian. However, the easy access to the many activities and facilities in Dallas and Fort Worth provide all the desirable big city attractions and events. This includes the Texas State Fair, professional sports venues and teams, and world-class cultural events and facilities.

Nearby historic Waxahachie also hosts two major events each year. The annual Scarborough Renaissance Festival is one of the largest in the U.S. and attracts tens of thousands of visitors to its multi-acre facility. Also, the Texas Country Reporter Festival is held in the fall each year and brings in exhibitors and visitors from the entire state.

Both Houston and Austin are just over an hour to the south of Midlothian, and these cities also offer the attractions of professional and college football, museums and art venues, and a year-round schedule of events.

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