Independence, Virginia

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High Points

Independence strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Virginia):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Independence Affordability of Rents
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Independence Racial Diversity
Low Property Crime
(vs. State)
Top 19% Independence Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Independence, Virginia

Comparing Independence to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Virginia (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Female Share of the Population 10 9
Racial Diversity 9 6
Well-Paid Single Men 2 1
Male Share of the Population 1 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 1 3
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 5 3
People Above Poverty 2 3
Median Family Income 2 1
People in Middle Class or Better 2 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 7 7
Working at Home 7 7
Public Transportation Use 6 5
Walking and Biking to Work 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Affordability of Rents 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 8
Housing Recently Built 6 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 8 9
Low Violent Crime 5 5

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Independence Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 62 miles NW of Winston-Salem, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 98 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Grayson
Standard Zip Codes 24348
Phone Area Codes 276
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.622
Longitude -81.151

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 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 40 F
Apr Temp 36 to 62 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 43.9 inches
Distance 21.7 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 42 F
Apr Temp 36 to 64 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches
Station MOUNT AIRY 2 W
Distance 29.1 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 46 F
Apr Temp 40 to 68 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
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Independence Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 971 100%
Male 436 44.9%
Female 535 55.1%
Under 18 140 14.4%
18+ 831 85.6%
65+ 337 34.7%
Median Age 51.3
Average Family Size 2.73
White 881 90.7%
African-American 66 6.8%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 12 1.2%
Mixed Race 12 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 26 2.7%

Estimated Independence Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 921
Growth -50
Growth % -5.1%

Independence Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 26%
US/American 23.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.3%
Irish 10.5%
German 8.5%
Scotch-Irish 4.7%
French Canadian 1.6%
Dutch 1.2%
Scottish 0.8%
European 0.4%
French (except Basque) 0.2%
African 0.2%
Italian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Independence 971 $30,441
Fries 614 $30,250
Galax 6,837 $36,832
Hillsville 2,607 $36,117
Rural Retreat 1,350 $41,776
Troutdale 1,230 $45,833
Wytheville 7,804 $41,513

Independence Public Libraries

Wythe-grayson Regional Library
Independence, Virginia
(276) 773-3018
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Independence High Schools (2004)

Serves 675 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

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