Independence is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 117,306 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Independence is the fourth largest community in Missouri.
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 sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Independence who work in office and administrative support (17.67%), sales jobs (11.04%), and management occupations (7.05%).
Also of interest is that Independence has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
The education level of Independence citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.80% of adults 25 and older in Independence have a college degree.
The per capita income in Independence in 2010 was $25,755, which is upper middle income relative to Missouri, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $103,020 for a family of four. However, Independence contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Independence is a very 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. Important ancestries of people in Independence include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Independence is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.