Introduction to Independence, Iowa

Independence, Iowa, in Buchanan county, is located 23 miles E of Waterloo, Iowa (center to center) and 181 miles S of St. Paul, Minnesota. The city has a population of 6,014.

Independence History

Independence was established on July 4, 1847. Hence, the city was so named. In the same year, it became the county seat of Buchanan County, which was formed on December 21, 1837 and was incorporated in 1864. The first grist mill of the area was established in 1867 and the first court house was constructed in 1857. The city was nationally renowned as a horse - racing center in the late 1880s. The city was also nicknamed as the "Lexington of the North".

Independence and nearby Attractions

  • DeSoto Lake
  • Wapsipinicon Mill
  • Cedar Rock State Park
  • Perrys Wilderness Ranch and Zoo
  • Buffalo Creek County Park
  • Hickory Hills Park

Things To Do In Independence

While in Independence tourists can visit the River Walk Park. Boating and fishing can be enjoyed on the Wapsipinicon River. The Independence Motor Speedway is also a major attraction, especially for the racers. You can also take a look around the Independence Public Library. The city is also home to numerous houses of worship. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Assembly of God Church, and Independence United Methodist Church are a few to name.

Independence Transportation

Waterloo Municipal Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Independence Higher Education

Kirkwood Community College, Upper Iowa University, and University of Northern Iowa are some of the nearest colleges and universities.


Total Population 5,955
Male Share of the Population 45.9%
Female Share of the Population 54.1%
Senior Citizens 19.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,020
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 54.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.1%
Median Earnings25+ $34,024
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,615
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,399


Median Family Income $68,821
% Above Poverty Level 89.6%
% Below Poverty Level 10.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 33.6%
Median Gross Rent $663
Median House Value $112,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.8%
US/American 0%
English 8.2%
Irish 16.8%

Independence Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles E of Waterloo, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 181 miles S of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Buchanan
Standard Zip Codes 50644
Phone Area Codes 319
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.468
Longitude -91.889

Independence Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 26 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
Station VINTON
Distance 21.6 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 26 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 34.2 inches
Distance 26.6 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 26 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 33.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Independence, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Doris (50644)

Otterville (50644)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brandon 325 $50,000
Hazleton 811 $41,607
Jesup 2,642 $68,869

Independence Public Libraries

Independence Public Library
210 2ND ST NE
Independence, Iowa
(319) 334-2470

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Independence Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(319) 334-6071
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

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