This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Independence has a very low population density. Independence is perfect for those who like a quiet city.
Independence, IA is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 10/10 and an overall value of 8/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Independence has a population density of 1,624, with 6,022 current residents.
Out of the 6,022 current residents, 48% are male and 52% are female. 59% of the residents are married and 41% are single.
- 52% Sun
- 32% Rain
- 25% Snow
45°F average temperature
- 53 years Median home age
- $102,560 Median home price
- 1.72% Home appreciation rate
- 12.06% Annual property tax
As for living in Independence, the air quality is 93% and the weather, on average, is 52% sunny, 32% rainy, and 25% snowy. The average temperature is 45°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Independence, you should know that 67% of homes are owned while 24.9% of homes are rented, and 8.1% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $102,560, the median age of homes is 53 years, the annual home appreciation is 1.72% and the annual property tax is 12.06%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)4
When looking at the community of Independence, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Independence’s crime rate is 4 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Independence is 41 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 58.50% Democratic, 40.02% Republican, and 1.48% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:14
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
86%High school diploma
8%Some college or associates degree
4%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Independence, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 8.80% of residents are unemployed in Independence (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Independence residents: 11.1% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 17.41% are in the arts and sciences field, 17.6% are in the customer service field, 22.9% are in the sales field, 0.81% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 9.3% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 20.9% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:14. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 85.66%, 8.39% of residents have an associate’s degree, 13.35% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 4.10% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Independence, you should be aware that the average commute time is 21 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Independence have a few different options. 82% of commuters use their own cars, 7% of commuters carpool, 0% of commuters use the transit system, and 4% of residents work from home.