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Welcome to Independence ...

The town of Independence is located in Grayson County<1> and is the County Seat for Grayson County.

The location of Independence has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Independence has a population of 893 people<3> (see below for details).

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

Independence is 2,800 feet [853 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation of Independence is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Independence lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Independence lies within the (276) area code.

Websites for Independence ...

Official Website: www.independenceva.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Independence had an population of 893 people. This is a decrease of 5.7% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 8.03% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Independence had a population of 947 people (or 6.1% of the total population of Grayson County). This makes Independence the county's most populous community.

The population of Independence represents 0.01% of the total population of Virginia (which has 8,001,024 people), making it the state's 143rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 947 people, the population of Independence decreased 2.47% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 971 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), Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota (2), Ohio (2), Oklahoma (2), Oregon, Pennsylvania (3), Tennessee (3), Texas (2), Utah (2), 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.

  • Galax [Galax City]
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    • Galax [Galax City] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the east of Independence
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,296 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Galax
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Galax<6>
  • Sparta [Alleghany County]
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    • Sparta [Alleghany County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the south of Independence
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,723 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sparta have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sparta
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sparta<6>
  • Rural Retreat [Wythe County]
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    • Rural Retreat [Wythe County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the north of Independence
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,448 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rural Retreat
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rural Retreat<6>
  • Fries [Grayson County]
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    • Fries [Grayson County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the northeast of Independence
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 444 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fries
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fries<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Trout Dale [Grayson County]
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      • Trout Dale [Grayson County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the west of Independence
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 165 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trout Dale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Trout Dale<6>
    • Amelia [Alleghany County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amelia
      • Amelia [Alleghany County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Independence
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amelia
    • Elk Creek [Grayson County]
    • Baywood [Grayson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baywood
      • Baywood [Grayson County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the east of Independence
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baywood
    • Ennice [Alleghany County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ennice
      • Ennice [Alleghany County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the southeast of Independence
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ennice have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ennice
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ennice<6>
    • Piney Creek [Alleghany County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piney Creek
      • Piney Creek [Alleghany County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the southwest of Independence
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Piney Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Piney Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Piney Creek<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 8 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 titled Rand McNally Map of Virginia (1911).

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.independenceva.com/

The official website for State of Virginia: https://www.virginia.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Virginia's counties, including Grayson, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>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.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Independence.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Independence - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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 IndependenceOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Independence. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.6255, Longitude: -81.1511       In this case, the coordinates for Independence have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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