Introduction to Independence, Oregon

Independence, Oregon, in Polk county, is 9 miles SW of Salem, Oregon and 52 miles SW of Portland, Oregon. The city has a population of 6,035.

Independence History

Independence was founded in the 1840s. It was named after Independence, Missouri, from where the early settlers migrated. Elvin A. Thorp arrived in the city in 1845 and platted a small town site here, which he called Thorp's Town of Independence. The city was incorporated in 1884. In its early years, Independence served as an important river landing.

Independence and nearby Attractions

  • Independence Heritage Museum
  • Thrill-Ville U.S.A. Amusement Park
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Hallie Ford Museum of Art
  • Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge
  • A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village

Things To Do In Independence

Riverview City Park, Pfaff Park, Henry Hill Park, Mountain Fir Park and Pioneer Park offer facilities for outdoor recreation to the residents of Independence. The Independence Heritage Museum provides insight into the area;s history. The city also offers easy access to the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, the Willamette Mission State Park, the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge and the Maud Williamson State Park.

Independence Transportation

Portland International is the nearest major airport.

Independence Higher Education

Western Oregon University, Oregon State University and Willamette University offer courses in higher education.


Total Population 8,654
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 7.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,345
Age of the Population 27


% of people married 46.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.6%
Median Earnings25+ $27,231
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,125
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,704


Median Family Income $44,974
% Above Poverty Level 67.2%
% Below Poverty Level 32.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 19%
Median Gross Rent $806
Median House Value $150,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47.3%
US/American 0%
English 7.9%
Irish 8.5%

Independence Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles SW of Salem, Oregon (center to center)
Nearest Large City 52 miles SW of Portland, Oregon
County Polk
Standard Zip Codes 97351
Phone Area Codes 503
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.851
Longitude -123.185

Independence Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station DALLAS 2 NE
Distance 8.8 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 45 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 50 to 81 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 49.1 inches
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 47 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 52 to 81 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 43.6 inches
Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 47 F
Apr Temp 41 to 61 F
Jul Temp 53 to 80 F
Oct Temp 43 to 64 F
Annual Precip 53.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dallas 14,788 $55,386
Falls City 916 $38,438
Jefferson 3,152 $45,208
Monmouth 9,769 $61,250
Salem 157,967 $55,665
Turner 2,272 $55,104

Independence Public Libraries

Independence Public Library
Independence, Oregon
(503) 838-1811
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Student/teacher ratio: 24.2

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