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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,005
Male Share of the Population46.3%
Female Share of the Population53.7%
Senior Citizens21.5%
Employed Population 16+2,946
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married48.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.4%
Median Earnings25+$33,547
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,039
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,237

Wealth

Median Family Income$67,554
% Above Poverty Level90.2%
% Below Poverty Level9.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone38.2%
Median Gross Rent$662
Median House Value$118,900

Ancestry

German41.8%
Irish17.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)9.8%
English6.7%
Norwegian3.7%
Dutch3%
Danishn2.4%
Scottish1.9%
Czech1.6%
Polish1.6%
Italian1.4%
French Except Basque1%
Swedish0.9%
Swiss0.6%
Welsh0.4%
Belgian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Greek0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Luxemburger0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Independence Almanac

CategoryValue
County Buchanan County
Standard Zip Codes50644
Phone Area Codes319
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.46
Approximate Longitude-91.89

Independence Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationINDEPENDENCE
Distance1.1 miles
Jan Temp9 to 26 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 63 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches
StationVINTON
Distance21.6 miles
Jan Temp9 to 26 F
Apr Temp37 to 61 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip34.2 inches
StationWATERLOO MUNICIPAL AP
Distance26.6 miles
Jan Temp6 to 26 F
Apr Temp36 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp38 to 63 F
Annual Precip33.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brandon330$46,875
Hazleton794$44,643
Jesup2,809$74,318
Quasqueton483$69,167
Rowley285$61,250
Winthrop915$62,768

Independence Public Libraries

Independence Public Library
805 1ST ST E
Independence, Iowa
(319) 334-2470

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Independence Hospitals

Buchanan County Health Center
(Government - Local)
1600 First Street East
(319) 334-6071
Independence State Hospital
(Government - State)
Po Box 111
(319) 334-2583

Independence Public Schools

Early Childhood Center
1011 1st St W
ZIP: 50644
(319) 334-4780
Primary
Total Enrollment 41
East Elementary School
1103 First Street West
ZIP: 50644
(319) 334-7425
Primary
Total Enrollment 293
Independence Junior Senior High School
700 20th Ave Sw
ZIP: 50644
(319) 334-7405
High
Total Enrollment 656
Perry #1 Elementary School
1726 Fairbank Amish Blvd, 531 Prospect
ZIP: 50644
(319) 827-1700
Primary
Total Enrollment 42
West Elementary School
1301 1st St W
ZIP: 50644
(319) 334-7430
Primary
Total Enrollment 380

Independence Private Schools

Independence Christian Academy
700 13th St Ne
ZIP: 50644
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 17
St Johns School
314 3rd St Ne
ZIP: 50644
Elementary
Total Enrollment 193
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