Introduction to Independence, Ohio

Independence, Ohio, in Cuyahoga county, is 5 miles SE of Parma, Ohio (center to center) and 9 miles S of Cleveland, Ohio. The city has a population of 7,109.

Independence History

The city is either named for Independence Day or for the settlers desire to be independent of Cleveland. Cuyahoga County, in which the city is located, was originally inhabited by Native American Indians. In January, 1803, when Ohio was granted statehood, the most difficult problem it faced was forming new counties. On June 7th, 1808, Cuyahoga County was formed from Geauga County, but it was only in 1810 that Cuyahoga became independent of Geauga.

Independence and Nearby Attractions

  • African American Museum
  • Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
  • Bedford Reservation
  • Akron Zoo
  • Holden Arboretum
  • Alpine Valley

Things To Do In Independence

The African American Museum, the Akron Art Museum, and the International Women's Air & Space Museum are some of the museums in the area. Historic sites nearby include the Glamorgan Castle, James A. Garfield National Historic Site, the Mabel Hartzell Home, and Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. There are many parks in the area like Bedford Reservation, Big Creek Reservation, Brecksville Reservation, and Brookside Park. Other attractions near Independence include the Akron Zoo, Cleveland Botanical Garden and Holden Arboretum.

Independence Transportation

Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport is a major airport nearby.

Independence Higher Education

Baldwin-Wallace College, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland Institute of Art are some of the colleges located nearby.


Total Population 7,144
Male Share of the Population 50.8%
Female Share of the Population 49.2%
Senior Citizens 17.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,586
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 60.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $95,341
% Above Poverty Level 96.8%
% Below Poverty Level 3.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%


People Living Alone 27.3%
Median Gross Rent $689
Median House Value $221,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.7%
US/American 1.2%
English 7.9%
Irish 14.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Independence Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SE of Parma, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles S of Cleveland, Ohio
County Cuyahoga
Standard Zip Codes 44131
Phone Area Codes 216
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.368
Longitude -81.638

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 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 33 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 44 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.7 inches
Station AKRON
Distance 20.7 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 34 F
Apr Temp 40 to 60 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
Distance 26.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brecksville 13,516 $124,234
Broadview Heights 19,268 $97,692
Garfield Heights 28,365 $46,849

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

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