Independence, California

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Population in 2010: 669.
Population change since 2000: +16.6%
Males: 366  (54.8%)
Females: 303  (45.2%)
Median resident age:

50.4 years
California median age:

36.5 years

Zip codes: 93526.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $52,115 (it was $37,500 in 2000)
Independence:

$52,115
CA:

$71,805

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $32,832 (it was $20,535 in 2000)

Independence CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $194,615 (it was $94,800 in 2000)
Independence:

$194,615
CA:

$509,400

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $185,789; detached houses: $196,251; mobile homes: $151,625

Median gross rent in 2017: $830.

March 2019 cost of living index in Independence: 94.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 14.8%
(16.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 18.0% for American Indian residents)
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  • Races in Independence, CA (2017)
    • 44772.7%White alone
    • 8714.1%American Indian alone
    • 589.4%Hispanic
    • 132.1%Two or more races
    • 20.3%Asian alone
    • 10.2%Black alone

Races in Independence detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of California and other state lists, there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Independence, California as of November 24, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Independence is 334 to 1.


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Ancestries: English (19.7%), American (9.1%), Irish (6.6%), German (6.3%), Scottish (4.0%), Scotch-Irish (3.4%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: 3936 feet

Land area: 4.00 square miles.

Population density: 167 people per square mile   (very low).

Independence, California map

14 residents are foreign born (1.1% Europe, 0.5% Asia).

This place:

2.3%
California:

27.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,583 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,507 (0.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Visalia, CA (69.8 miles , pop. 91,565).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Fresno, CA (88.1 miles , pop. 427,652).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (188.4 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Lone Pine, CA (4.1 miles ),
Big Pine, CA (5.0 miles ),
Keeler, CA (5.3 miles),
Wilkerson, CA (5.8 miles ),
Silver City, CA (5.8 miles),
Cartago, CA (5.9 miles),
Olancha, CA (6.3 miles),
Bishop, CA (6.3 miles )

Latitude: 36.81 N, Longitude: 118.20 W

Area code: 760

Distribution of median household income in Independence, CA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Independence, CA in 2017

Independence satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.8%
California:

4.6%
Most common industries in Independence, CA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Public administration (28.0%)
  • Educational services (13.5%)
  • Utilities (8.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.4%)
  • Construction (8.0%)
  • Health care (6.2%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (5.1%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Public administration (25.7%)
  • Construction (16.2%)
  • Utilities (12.5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (8.8%)
  • Educational services (8.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.1%)
  • Gasoline stations (2.9%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Public administration (30.2%)
  • Educational services (18.0%)
  • Health care (10.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.6%)
  • Social assistance (6.5%)
  • Gasoline stations (5.0%)
  • Utilities (5.0%)
Most common occupations in Independence, CA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.5%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.2%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.4%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.0%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3.6%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (3.6%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (8.1%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (7.4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5.9%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.4%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (3.7%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (8.6%)
  • Cashiers (7.2%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (7.2%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.8%)
  • Child care workers (5.0%)

Average climate in Independence, California

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI PM10
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 68.3. This is about average.

City:

68.3
U.S.:

74.2
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 18.4. This is about average. Closest monitor was 0.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

18.4
U.S.:

19.6

Earthquake activity:

Independence-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above California state average. It is 846% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 132.7 miles away from Independence center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi) earthquake occurred 204.3 miles away from the city center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 4/18/1906 at 13:12:21, a magnitude 7.9 (7.9 UK) earthquake occurred 276.2 miles away from the city center, causing $524,000,000 total damage
On 12/21/1932 at 06:10:09, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 118.1 miles away from the city center
On 11/4/1927 at 13:51:53, a magnitude 7.5 (7.5 UK) earthquake occurred 205.5 miles away from the city center
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 187.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Inyo County (8) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Independence topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Independence:

  • SOUTHERN INYO HOSPITAL D/P SNF (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; LONE PINE, CA)

Airports located in Independence:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Independence:

  • Porterville College (about 70 miles; Porterville, CA; Full-time enrollment: 2,560)
  • College of the Sequoias (about 71 miles; Visalia, CA; FT enrollment: 6,982)
  • Reedley College (about 72 miles; Reedley, CA; FT enrollment: 8,144)
  • San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia (about 74 miles; Visalia, CA; FT enrollment: 2,386)
  • Institute of Technology Inc (about 85 miles; Clovis, CA; FT enrollment: 2,483)
  • Fresno Pacific University (about 85 miles; Fresno, CA; FT enrollment: 3,083)
  • California State University-Fresno (about 86 miles; Fresno, CA; FT enrollment: 18,993)

Public high schools in Independence:

  • OWENS VALLEY HIGH (Students: 16, Location: 202 S. CLAY ST., Grades: 9-12)
  • KEITH B. BRIGHT HIGH (JUVENILE HALL) (Location: 201 MAZOURKA CANYON RD., Grades: 7-12)

Public elementary/middle school in Independence:

See full list of schools located in Independence

Library in Independence:

  • INYO COUNTY FREE LIBRARY (Operating income: $645,373; Location: 168 N. EDWARDS; 102,150 books; 2,650 audio materials; 3,650 video materials; 118 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Independence: Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery (A), Inyo County Free Library (B), Inyo County Courthouse (C), Eastern California Museum (D), Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Station 59 Independence (E), Independence Fire Department (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Independence Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Creek: Oak Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Park in Independence: Dehy Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Inyo County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Independence and their reported violations in the past:

MILLPOND RECREATION AREA (Population served: 500, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2010 and DEC-2010, Contaminant: Nitrate. Follow-up actions: St Site Visit (enforcement) (5 times from NOV-23-2010 to DEC-21-2010), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (DEC-28-2010), St Site Visit (enforcement) (3 times from JAN-05-2011 to MAR-01-2011), St Compliance achieved (MAR-30-2011)
ABERDEEN WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 150, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JUL-01-1993, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: Fed Compliance achieved (SEP-30-2005)
PLEASANT VALLEY CAMPGROUND (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
TABOOSE CREEK CAMPGROUND (Population served: 50, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Independence that have no violations reported:

  • DIAZ LAKE CAMPGROUND (Population served: 4,000, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • NPS - MANZANAR (Address: Highway 395 , Population served: 298, Primary Water Source Type: Purch groundwater)
  • MOUNT WHITNEY FISH HATCHERY (Address: The Friends of Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery , Population served: 50, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This place:

2.0 people
California:

2.9 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

52.8%
Whole state:

68.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

5.3%
Whole state:

7.2%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households
58 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities in 2010
8 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers in 2010

For population 15 years and over in Independence:

Marital status in Independence, CA
  • Never married: 30.0%
  • Now married: 44.2%
  • Separated: 2.6%
  • Widowed: 8.7%
  • Divorced: 14.4%

For population 25 years and over in Independence:

  • High school or higher: 91.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 26.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.0%
  • Unemployed: 5.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.9 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.2
California average:

15.0

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Independence
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Independence, CA (based on Inyo County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic4,8275
Evangelical Protestant1,49423
Mainline Protestant8455
Other6294
Black Protestant1781
None10,573-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
Inyo County:

3.45 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.57 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 17
Inyo County:

9.77 / 10,000 pop.
California:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 29
Inyo County:

16.67 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.1%
State:

7.3%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

23.1%
California:

21.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.9%
California:

17.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Independence:

53.3%
California:

48.8%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Independence:

51.3%
California:

47.1%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.8
California:

28.1

People feeling badly about themselves:
Independence:

19.4%
California:

20.9%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

10.1%
California:

11.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Independence:

6.9
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Independence:

37.8%
State:

31.3%

General health condition:
Here:

57.9%
California:

55.7%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

77.2%
California:

80.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Independence, CA Residents

7.10% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($52,410 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.10%
California average:

5.03%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Los Angeles County, CA  1.09% ($63,013 average AGI)
from Mono County, CA  0.72% ($48,843)
from San Diego County, CA  0.41% ($67,000)


7.66% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($50,718 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.66%
California average:

5.21%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Mono County, CA  0.73% ($57,654 average AGI)
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.51% ($54,944)
to Kern County, CA  0.38% ($53,259)

Businesses in Independence, CA

  • FedEx: 1

Strongest AM radio stations in Independence:

  • KMJ (580 AM; 50 kW; FRESNO, CA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KWRU (940 AM; 50 kW; FRESNO, CA)
  • KERI (1180 AM; 50 kW; WASCO-GREENACRES, CA; Owner: KWSO, INC.)
  • KCBC (770 AM; 50 kW; RIVERBANK, CA; Owner: KIERTRON, INC.)
  • KLAC (570 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KIRN (670 AM; 35 kW; SIMI VALLEY, CA; Owner: LOTUS OXNARD CORP.)
  • KGDP (660 AM; 50 kW; ORCUTT, CA; Owner: RADIO REPRESENTATIVES, INC.)
  • KSPN (710 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: KABC-AM RADIO, INC.)
  • KDWN (720 AM; 50 kW; LAS VEGAS, NV; Owner: RADIO NEVADA CORP.)
  • KOOR (790 AM; 10 kW; CLOVIS, CA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KFI (640 AM; 50 kW; LOS ANGELES, CA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KXNT (840 AM; 50 kW; NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KPLS (830 AM; 50 kW; ORANGE, CA; Owner: CRN LICENSES, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Independence:

  • KDAY (92.5 FM; INDEPENDENCE, CA; Owner: MS. BENETT KESSLER)
  • K205ET (88.9 FM; BIG PINE, ETC., CA; Owner: WESTERN INSPIRATIONAL BROADCASTERS, INC)
  • KRHV (93.3 FM; BIG PINE, CA; Owner: DAVID A. AND MARYANN M. DIGERNESS)
  • K208BS (89.5 FM; BISHOP, CA; Owner: WESTERN INSPIRATIONAL B/CASTERS, INC)
  • KIBS (100.7 FM; BISHOP, CA; Owner: GREAT COUNTRY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KWTW (88.5 FM; BISHOP, CA; Owner: LIVING PROOF, INC.)
  • KDUV (88.9 FM; VISALIA, CA; Owner: COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL B/CASTNG, INC.)
  • KJUG-FM (106.7 FM; TULARE, CA; Owner: WESTCOAST BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K220EY (91.9 FM; PORTERVILLE, CA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KUFW (90.5 FM; WOODLAKE, CA; Owner: NATIONAL FARM WORKERS SERVICE CENTER)
  • KZPO (103.3 FM; LINDSAY, CA; Owner: LINDSAY BROADCASTING)
  • K203CM (88.5 FM; SANGER, CA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KMAK (100.3 FM; ORANGE COVE, CA; Owner: RICHARD B. SMITH)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 10ft / 2.6mTotal length
  • $150,000Total costs
  • 254Total average daily traffic
  • 4Total average daily truck traffic
  • 282Total future (year 2034) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Independence)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

32 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

17 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers in Independence, CA)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

16 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Independence)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: MOONEY M20J (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 126 mph), Engine: LYCOMING I0360 SER A&C (200 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 1084Z , Serial Number: 24-1132, Airworthiness Date: 05/29/1981
    Registrant (Individual): Pending Registration, Po Box 13, Independence, CA 93526
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 02/27/2018

Most common first names in Independence, CA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1475.2 years
Mary1180.9 years
William1175.0 years
George873.0 years
Charles881.9 years
Robert873.4 years
James575.8 years
Walter582.4 years
Jack478.8 years
Harold463.5 years
Most common last names in Independence, CA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Hunter975.3 years
Miller875.4 years
Bell583.8 years
Johnson575.4 years
Comontofski468.3 years
Buff474.5 years
Jones375.3 years
Harris377.4 years
Gracey381.6 years
Mitchell377.3 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Independence, CA
  • 45.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 21.9%Wood
  • 14.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 9.4%Electricity
  • 5.7%Other fuel
  • 2.1%Utility gas
  • 0.5%Solar energy
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Independence, CA
  • 37.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 31.3%Electricity
  • 14.1%Other fuel
  • 11.1%Wood
  • 6.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Independence compared to California state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

Independence on our top lists:

  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Nicaragua (population 500+)"
There are 3 pilots and 3 other airmen in this city.
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