Independence is a somewhat small city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 6,028 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Independence is the 64th largest community in Iowa.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Independence is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Independence is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Independence who work in office and administrative support (11.23%), food service (9.14%), and management occupations (9.07%).
Independence is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Independence’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Independence spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.49 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The population of Independence overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Independence, 23.07% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Independence in 2010 was $27,603, which is wealthy relative to Iowa, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $110,412 for a family of four. However, Independence contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Independence home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Independence residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Independence include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Dutch.
The most common language spoken in Independence is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Hindi.