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Welcome to Independence ...

The city of Independence is primarily located in Jackson County<1> and is the County Seat for Jackson County. A portion of Independence extends into Clay County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Independence has a population of 116,925 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Independence.

Independence is 850 feet [259 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

The telephone area code for Independence: (816)

The ZIP codes for Independence: 64050-64058<4>

Websites for Independence ...

Official Website:   www.ci.independence.mo.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.independencechamber.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Independence had an population of 116,925 people (or an increase of 3.21% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Independence had a population of 116,830 people (or 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 (with a count of 113,288 people).

More information can be found on the Census 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.

Communities near Independence ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Independence.

  • Kansas City [Jackson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kansas City
    • Kansas City [Jackson County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the west of Independence
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 497,159 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kansas City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kansas City<6>
  • Overland Park [Johnson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Overland Park
    • Overland Park [Johnson County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the southwest of Independence
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 197,381 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Overland Park have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Overland Park
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Overland Park<6>
  • Kansas City [Wyandotte County]
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    • Kansas City [Wyandotte County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the west of Independence
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 152,727 people
    • Former name for Kansas City:
    • Wyandotte
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kansas City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kansas City<6>
  • Lee's Summit [Jackson County]
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    • Lee's Summit [Jackson County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the south of Independence
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 101,467 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lee's Summit have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lee's Summit
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lee's Summit<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Blue Springs [Jackson County]
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      • Blue Springs [Jackson County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the southeast of Independence
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 56,547 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Blue Springs<6>
    • Lenexa [Johnson County]
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      • Lenexa [Johnson County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the southwest of Independence
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 56,156 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lenexa have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lenexa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lenexa<6>
    • Leawood [Johnson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leawood
      • Leawood [Johnson County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the southwest of Independence
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 34,669 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leawood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Leawood<6>
    • Liberty [Clay County]
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      • Liberty [Clay County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the north of Independence
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 32,418 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Liberty
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Liberty<6>
    • Raytown [Jackson County]
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      • Raytown [Jackson County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the south of Independence
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 28,816 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Raytown have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Raytown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Raytown<6>
    • Gladstone [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gladstone
      • Gladstone [Clay County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Independence
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 27,677 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gladstone have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gladstone
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gladstone<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

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

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Independence. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Independence.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Independence.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Independence. Our list includes 45 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Independence.

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.

Adding Independence to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Independence in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Independence was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Independence on a map (with an unknown title) dated 1904.

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Independence on our Genealogy Page.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Independence: www.ci.independence.mo.us/

The official website for Jackson County: www.co.jackson.mo.us/

The official website for State of Missouri: https://www.mo.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Missouri's counties, including Jackson, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Independence.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Independence - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>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.
<5>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 (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Independence. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from IndependenceOur 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    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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