Independence, MO
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Independence is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 117,255 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Independence is the fourth largest community in Missouri.

Independence is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (17.44%), sales jobs (10.55%), and management occupations (6.75%).

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. 17.54% of adults 25 and older in Independence have a college degree.

The per capita income in Independence in 2010 was $23,390, 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 $93,560 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. Important ancestries of people in Independence include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Independence is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.