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Overview

Introduction to Independence, Missouri

The Missouri city of Independence sits about 10 miles east of Kansas City and is considered part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The county seat of Missouri's Jackson County, Independence is most famous for being the birthplace and residence of Harry S. Truman, the nation's 33rd President. The city is surrounded by several major highways, including Interstates I-70 and I-435; U.S. Routes 24 and 40; and Missouri State Highways 210 and 291. Nearby communities include Liberty (to the north), Blue Springs (to the west), and Grandview (to the south).

Originally called Big Spring, the community of Independence was settled in the early 19th century by missionaries sent by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) to convert the Indians living in eastern Kansas and western Missouri. Although later expelled from the area due to tension with local Missourians, the Latter-Day Saints and its offshoots gradually returned to the city, at times making Independence their headquarters. In the mid-1800s Independence was officially defined by an act of Congress as the starting point of the Oregon Trail. A period of growth ensued, although the area was split by conflicting sentiments during the Civil War. The city became the site of two important battles during the war, one of which resulted in the capture of the town by Confederate troops. During the 20th century, Independence was put on the map by the presence of one of its most celebrated natives, Harry S. Truman. Truman, who grew up in the area, was elected presiding judge of the county court in 1922 and then to the U.S. Senate in 1934. In 1944 he was elected as Franklin D. Roosevelt's vice-president and became President one year later upon Roosevelt's death. Truman was reelected in 1948. During his tenure, Truman often returned to Independence, using his local home as a summer White House. His home and Presidential Library are now two of the city's biggest tourist attractions.

Attractions in Independence

The pivotal role played by Independence in American history is reflected in its grandly restored mansions. One of these, Vaile Mansion, was built in 1881 by local entrepreneur Harvey Merrick Vaile, and represents one of the finest examples of Second-Empire Victorian architecture in the country. The Bingham-Waggoner Estate was constructed in 1855 and was once owned by George C. Bingham, famed Civil War artist. Marshal's Home & Museum is contained in an 1859 jailhouse which once housed Frank James, Jesse James notorious brother. The Truman Home, whose beauty lies in its simplicity, offers a glimpse at the personal life of the nation's 33rd President. The Truman Presidential Museum & Library features exhibits, audio and video programs, and artifacts celebrating the Truman presidency and also his pre and post presidential life. Other Truman landmarks in Independence include the Truman Courthouse & Office, the Truman Memorial Building, the Truman Depot, and the Truman Farm. One of Independence's most celebrated annual events is the Santa-Cali-Gon Days, a Labor Day festival celebrating the city's heritage as a starting point on three major frontier trails: the Santa Fe Trail, the California Trail and the Oregon Trail.

Sports fans can find plenty of action just a few minutes west of Independence in Kansas City, where three major league pro franchises are located. Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals are an American League mainstay, while the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs attract large crowds every fall and winter. Kansas City is also home to the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer (MLS).

Demographics

People

Total Population117,217
Male Share of the Population47.6%
Female Share of the Population52.4%
Senior Citizens17.2%
Employed Population 16+52,441
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married45.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.1%
Median Earnings25+$33,253
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,329
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,382

Wealth

Median Family Income$56,356
% Above Poverty Level82.2%
% Below Poverty Level17.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone33.5%
Median Gross Rent$783
Median House Value$100,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.2%
German15.4%
Irish9.6%
English8.6%
Italian2.4%
French Except Basque2.1%
Scottish1.5%
Dutch1.3%
Swedish1%
Polish0.8%
Welsh0.6%
Norwegian0.6%
West Indian0.4%
Arab0.3%
African0.3%
Haitian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Russian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Czech0.2%
Slovak0.1%
Greek0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
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Independence Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jackson County
Standard Zip Codes64052, 64055, 64057, 64050, 64053, 64054, 64056, 64058
P.O. Box Zip Codes64051
Phone Area Codes816
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude39.08
Approximate Longitude-94.35

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
Distance0.6 miles
Jan Temp17 to 36 F
Apr Temp42 to 64 F
Jul Temp67 to 88 F
Oct Temp46 to 67 F
Annual Precip43.1 inches
StationKANSAS CITY DOWNTOWN AP
Distance10.1 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp46 to 67 F
Jul Temp72 to 91 F
Oct Temp49 to 69 F
Annual Precip35.5 inches
StationKANSAS CITY INTL AP
Distance21.7 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp44 to 65 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp46 to 68 F
Annual Precip37.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Avondale392$55,893
Birmingham227$78,500
Lake Tapawingo718$84,792

Independence Public Libraries

Mid-continent Public Library
15616 E US HIGHWAY 24
Independence, Missouri
(816) 836-5200

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Independence Hospitals

Centerpoint Medical Center
(Proprietary)
19600 East 39th Street
(816) 698-7000
Centerpoint Medical Center-er
19600 E 39th St S
(816) 698-7000

Independence Public Schools

Thomas Hart Benton Elem.
429 S Leslie
ZIP: 64050
(816) 521-5390
Primary
Total Enrollment 479
Bryant Elem.
827 W College
ZIP: 64050
(816) 521-5400
Primary
Total Enrollment 276
Day Treatment
600 W Mechanic Ave
ZIP: 64050
(816) 521-5508
Other
Mill Creek Elem.
2601 N Liberty St
ZIP: 64050
(816) 521-5420
Primary
Total Enrollment 287
Independence Academy
600 W Mechanic Ave
ZIP: 64050
(816) 521-5505
High
Ott Elem.
1525 N Noland Rd
ZIP: 64050
(816) 521-5435
Primary
Total Enrollment 446
William Chrisman High
1223 N Noland Rd
ZIP: 64050
(816) 521-5355
High
Total Enrollment 1462
Procter Elem.
1403 W Linden Ave
ZIP: 64052
(816) 521-5440
Primary
Total Enrollment 242
Clifford H. Nowlin Middle
2800 S Hardy Ave
ZIP: 64052
(816) 521-5380
Middle
Total Enrollment 798
Three Trails Elem.
11801 E 32nd St S
ZIP: 64052
(816) 521-5470
Primary
Total Enrollment 463
Korte Elem.
2437 S Hardy Ave #2431
ZIP: 64052
(816) 521-5430
Primary
Total Enrollment 622
Fairmount Elem.
120 N Cedar Ave
ZIP: 64053
(816) 521-5405
Primary
Total Enrollment 393
William Yates Elem.
3600 Davidson Rd
ZIP: 64055
(816) 224-1350
Primary
Total Enrollment 388
William Southern Elem.
4300 S Phelps Rd
ZIP: 64055
(816) 521-5475
Primary
Total Enrollment 527
Glendale Elem.
2611 S Lee's Summit Rd
ZIP: 64055
(816) 521-5510
Primary
Total Enrollment 457
John W. Luff Elem.
3700 S Delaware Ave
ZIP: 64055
(816) 521-5415
Primary
Total Enrollment 421
Hanthorn Early Education
1511 Kings Hwy
ZIP: 64055
(816) 521-5485
Primary
Total Enrollment 308
Truman High
3301 S Noland Rd
ZIP: 64055
(816) 521-5350
High
Total Enrollment 1600
Sycamore Hills Elem.
15208 E 39th St S
ZIP: 64055
(816) 521-5465
Primary
Total Enrollment 503
Santa Fe Trail Elem.
1301 S Windsor St
ZIP: 64055
(816) 521-5450
Primary
Total Enrollment 399
Randall Elem.
509 Jennings Rd
ZIP: 64056
(816) 521-5445
Primary
Total Enrollment 286
Spring Branch Elem.
20404 E Truman Rd
ZIP: 64056
(816) 521-5455
Primary
Total Enrollment 245
Sunshine Center
18400 East Salisbury Road
ZIP: 64056
(816) 461-0893
Primary
Total Enrollment 204
Bingham Middle
1716 S Speck Rd
ZIP: 64057
(816) 521-5490
Middle
Total Enrollment 827
Blackburn Elem.
17302 E R D Mize Rd
ZIP: 64057
(816) 521-5395
Primary
Total Enrollment 454
Bridger Middle
18200 E M-78 Hwy
ZIP: 64057
(816) 521-5375
Middle
Total Enrollment 815
Little Blue Elementary
2020 Quail Drive
ZIP: 64057
(816) 521-5480
Primary
Total Enrollment 265
Pioneer Ridge Middle
1656 S Speck Rd
ZIP: 64057
(816) 521-5385
Middle
Total Enrollment 782
Mccune School For Boys
2101 N Twyman Rd
ZIP: 64058
(816) 650-7490
High
Buckner Elem.
2101 N Twyman Rd
ZIP: 64058
(816) 650-7300
Primary
Total Enrollment 395
Early Childhood Ctr.
2101 N Twyman Rd
ZIP: 64058
(816) 650-7480
Primary
Total Enrollment 111
Osage Trail Middle
2101 N Twyman Rd
ZIP: 64058
(816) 650-7151
Middle
Total Enrollment 765
Fort Osage High
2101 N Twyman Rd
ZIP: 64058
(816) 650-7063
High
Total Enrollment 1512
Indian Trails Elem.
2101 N Twyman Rd
ZIP: 64058
(816) 650-7645
Primary
Total Enrollment 380
Lewis And Clark Learning Ctr.
2101 N Twyman Rd
ZIP: 64058
(816) 650-7708
Other
Elm Grove Elem.
2101 N Twyman Rd
ZIP: 64058
(816) 650-7400
Primary
Total Enrollment 362
Car. Tech. Ctr. At Ft. Osage
2101 N Twyman Rd
ZIP: 64058
(816) 650-7180
High
Cler-mont Elem.
2101 N Twyman Rd
ZIP: 64058
(816) 650-7350
Primary
Total Enrollment 422
Fire Prairie Middle
2101 N Twyman Rd
ZIP: 64058
(816) 650-7158
Middle
Total Enrollment 750
Blue Hills Elem.
2101 N Twyman Rd
ZIP: 64058
(816) 650-7440
Primary
Total Enrollment 379

Independence Private Schools

Messiah Lutheran School
613 S Main
ZIP: 64050
Elementary
Total Enrollment 108
St Marys High School Bundschu Memorial
622 N Main St
ZIP: 64050
Secondary
Total Enrollment 115
Center Place Restoration School
819 W Waldo Ave
ZIP: 64050
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 215
Nativity Of Mary School
10021 E 36th Ter S
ZIP: 64052
Elementary
Total Enrollment 328
Nova Center
2425 S Hardy Ave
ZIP: 64052
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 52
Shelterwood School
3205 N Twyman Rd
ZIP: 64058
Secondary
Total Enrollment 42
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