Independence, IA
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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, Independence isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Independence are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Independence is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Independence who work in office and administrative support (11.96%), food service (10.28%), and management occupations (9.75%).

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 17.39 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Independence is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.92% of adults 25 and older in Independence have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Independence in 2010 was $27,597, which is upper middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $110,388 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.

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