Independence is a somewhat small city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 8,958 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Independence is the 38th largest community in Kansas. Independence has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
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 (10.19%), personal care services (8.23%), and management occupations (7.09%).
One of the benefits of Independence is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.06 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
The percentage of adults in Independence who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.30% of the adults in Independence have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Independence in 2010 was $20,423, which is lower middle income relative to Kansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,692 for a family of four. However, Independence contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Independence is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 Black or African-American. Independence also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.11% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Independence include Irish, English, Welsh, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Independence is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.