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Independence, Missouri

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Welcome to Independence ...

The city of Independence is primarily located in Jackson County and is the County Seat for Jackson County. A portion of Independence extends into Clay County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Independence has a population of 117,306 people<1> (see below for details).

Independence is 850 feet [259 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Independence lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Independence is within the boundaries of the (816) area code.

The ZIP codes for Independence: 64050-64058<3>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Independence had a population of 116,830 people (which is 17.33% of the total population of Jackson County). This makes Independence the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Independence represents 1.95% of the population of Missouri (which has 5,988,927 people), making it the state's 4th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 116,830 people, the population of Independence increased 3.13% from the 2000 Census (that had a count of 113,288 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Independence had an population of 117,306 people. This is an increase of 0.41% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 3.55% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Independence.

Communities near Independence ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Independence and not the distance if you are going to drive.<4>.

Community   2017
Kansas City (KS)   [Map]   152,938   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
Leawood (KS)   [Map]   34,659   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
Lenexa (KS)   [Map]   53,553   SW   18 miles [29 km]
Overland Park (KS)   [Map]   191,278   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
Blue Springs   [Map]   54,945   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
Gladstone   [Map]   27,140   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Independence.

Communities Also Named Independence ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 50 communities that are also named Independence - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California (2), Colorado (3), Idaho, Illinois, Indiana (2), Iowa, Kansas (2), Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota (2), Mississippi (2), Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota (2), Ohio (2), Oklahoma (2), Oregon, Pennsylvania (3), Tennessee (3), Texas (2), Utah (2), Virginia, Washington (2), West Virginia (4) and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Independence.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Independence. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Independence. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Independence. Our list includes 45 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Independence:

Websites for Independence ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Independence ...

Looking for more information about Independence? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Independence, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Independence.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for Jackson County:

The official website for State of Missouri:

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Independence.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Independence - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Independence). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Independence or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Independence includes: 64050, 64051, 64052, 64053, 64054, 64055, 64056, 64057 & 64058.

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Independence) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Independence. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Independence

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Independence. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0937, Longitude: -94.4131     [Map].

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