Independence, MO
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Independence is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 117,030 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Independence is the fourth largest community in Missouri.

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 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 (18.78%), sales jobs (10.16%), and management occupations (6.51%).

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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Independence is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Independence, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The percentage of adults in Independence who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.11% of the adults in Independence have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Independence in 2010 was $24,524, 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 $98,096 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 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.