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Population in 2012: 5,967 (92% urban, 8% rural). Population change since 2000: -0.8%
 

Males: 2,754  (46.2%)
Females: 3,213  (53.8%)

Median resident age:  41.0 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip codes: 50644.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $51,094 (it was $36,554 in 2000)
Independence:

$51,094
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $27,601

Independence city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $118,291 (it was $76,600 in 2000)
Independence:

$118,291
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $145,131; Detached houses: $124,551; Townhouses or other attached units: $81,606; In 2-unit structures: $716,117; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $111,281; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $1,432,748; Mobile homes: $14,683

Median gross rent in 2012: $657.

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  • White alone - 5,780 (96.9%)
  • Hispanic - 71 (1.2%)
  • Two or more races - 53 (0.9%)
  • Asian alone - 44 (0.7%)
  • Black alone - 13 (0.2%)
  • American Indian alone - 3 (0.05%)
  • Other race alone - 2 (0.03%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Independence: 79.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (40.0%), Irish (15.6%), United States (7.6%), Norwegian (7.5%), English (6.2%), Danish (3.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 10/15/1864

Elevation: 950 feet

Land area: 3.71 square miles.

Population density: 1,609 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

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For population 25 years and over in Independence:

  • High school or higher: 92.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 26.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.4%
  • Unemployed: 5.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Independence city:

  • Never married: 20.9%
  • Now married: 58.3%
  • Separated: 1.2%
  • Widowed: 10.0%
  • Divorced: 9.6%

23 residents are foreign born

This city:  0.4%
Iowa:  3.7%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there were 15 registered sex offenders living in Independence, Iowa as of May 12, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Independence to the number of sex offenders is 398 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,473 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,784 (1.5%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Waterloo, IA (23.1 miles , pop. 68,747).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Madison, WI (133.6 miles , pop. 208,054).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (220.4 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Rowley, IA (2.7 miles ), Winthrop, IA (2.8 miles ), Jesup, IA (2.9 miles ), Quasqueton, IA (2.9 miles ), Hazleton, IA (3.2 miles ), Brandon, IA (3.5 miles ), Stanley, IA (3.5 miles) , Aurora, IA (3.6 miles) .

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 18 buildings, average cost: $86,900
  • 1998: 15 buildings, average cost: $139,600
  • 1999: 28 buildings, average cost: $114,300
  • 2000: 28 buildings, average cost: $111,300
  • 2001: 25 buildings, average cost: $104,500
  • 2002: 11 buildings, average cost: $137,800
  • 2003: 20 buildings, average cost: $126,600
  • 2004: 13 buildings, average cost: $155,700
  • 2005: 8 buildings, average cost: $137,500
  • 2006: 9 buildings, average cost: $164,800
  • 2007: 9 buildings, average cost: $162,100
  • 2008: 11 buildings, average cost: $177,800
  • 2009: 7 buildings, average cost: $133,000
  • 2010: 9 buildings, average cost: $158,300
  • 2011: 11 buildings, average cost: $180,000
  • 2012: 8 buildings, average cost: $173,300

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 42.47 N, Longitude: 91.89 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +910 (+15.2%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,520 (51.9%)

Area code: 319

Independence household income distribution Independence home values distribution


 

Crime rates in Independence by Year
Type 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2008 2009 2010
Murders 010000000
per 100,000 0.016.60.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Rapes 111000100
per 100,000 16.616.616.70.00.00.016.40.00.0
Robberies 310010020
per 100,000 49.916.60.00.016.60.00.032.70.0
Assaults 330121564
per 100,000 49.949.70.016.833.116.481.998.065.2
Burglaries 40801141194629562818
per 100,000 665.81325.41909.22002.0761.8476.5917.1457.1293.5
Thefts 149137172138129911289661
per 100,000 2480.02269.72880.62321.72136.51495.22096.31567.3994.6
Auto thefts 10127911710114
per 100,000 166.4198.8117.2151.4182.2115.0163.8179.665.2
Arson 111012222
per 100,000 16.616.616.70.016.632.932.832.732.6
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 307.2) 202.1267.0278.1254.4168.9108.2195.2141.780.5

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Crime rate in Independence detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 12 (11 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.84
Iowa average:

1.72

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Independence, Iowa accommodation, waste management, arts - Economy and Business Data

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.5%
Iowa:

4.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: -60 (-1.0%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (32%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (5%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Other services, except public administration (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Information (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6%)
  • Child care workers (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Customer service representatives (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Registered nurses (3%)

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Tornado activity:

Independence-area historical tornado activity is above Iowa state average. It is 194% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/15/1968, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 13.9 miles away from the Independence city center killed 5 people and injured 156 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 8/26/1965, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 18.5 miles away from the city center killed one person and injured 17 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Buchanan County (16) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 10, Tornadoes: 4, Floods: 3, Heavy Rains: 2, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Birthplace of: Leonard Eugene Dickson - Mathematician, Dan Rasmussen - Politician, Harry E. Yarnell - Navy admiral, Ulysses Prentiss Hedrick - Botanist, George Cobb (baseball) - Baseball player, Louis Bowem Lawton - Army Medal of Honor recipient, Murray Joslin - Electrical engineer.

Medal of Honor Recipient born in Independence: Louis B. Lawton.


Hospitals/medical centers in Independence:

  • BUCHANAN COUNTY DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, 1600 1ST STREET EAST)
  • BUCHANAN COUNTY HEALTH CENTER (Critical Access Hospitals,Voluntary non-profit - Other, provides emergency services, 1600 FIRST ST EAST)
  • MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE (Hospital, P O BOX 111)
  • ABCM REHABILITATION CENTERS OF INDEPENDENCE WEST C (Nursing Home, 1610 THIRD STREET NE)
  • BUCHANAN COUNTY HEALTH CENTER (Nursing Home, 1600 FIRST STREET EAST)

Political contributions by individuals in Independence, IA

Airports located in Independence:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Independence:

  • Hawkeye Community College (about 23 miles; Waterloo, IA; Full-time enrollment: 3,189)
  • Upper Iowa University (about 26 miles; Fayette, IA; FT enrollment: 3,144)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 29 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,923)
  • Kirkwood Community College (about 41 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; FT enrollment: 9,715)
  • Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar (about 49 miles; Calmar, IA; FT enrollment: 2,564)
  • Luther College (about 59 miles; Decorah, IA; FT enrollment: 2,470)
  • University of Iowa (about 59 miles; Iowa City, IA; FT enrollment: 24,313)

Public high schools in Independence:

Private high school in Independence:

  • INDEPENDENCE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 26; Location: 700 13TH ST NE; Grades: 1 - 12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Independence:

Private elementary/middle school in Independence:

  • ST JOHNS SCHOOL (Students: 133; Location: 314 3RD ST NE; Grades: KG - 8)
See full list of schools located in Independence, map of school districts: INDEPENDENCE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Library in Independence:

  • INDEPENDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $173,897; Location: 805 1ST ST E; 27,698 books; 1,286 audio materials; 1,146 video materials; 1 local licensed databases; 25 state licensed databases; 83 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Independence: Buchanan County Fairgrounds (A), Independence Motor Speedway (B), Independence (C), Buchanan County Jail (D), Independence City Police Department (E), Area Ambulance Service Buchanan County (F), Buchanan County Sheriff Department (G), Independence Public Library (H), Independence Fire Department (I), Buchanan County Courthouse (J), Independence City Hall (K). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Independence include: First Presbyterian Church (A), Freedom Baptist Church (B), Saint John's Catholic Church (C), Bethel Baptist Church (D), Saint James Episcopal Church (E), Living Water Church (F), Assembly of God Church (G), Our Redeemer Church (H), Hope Wesleyan Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Oakwood Cemetery (1), Saint Johns Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Rush Park Motel (1810 1st Street West), Super 8 Motel Independence (2000 1st Street West).

Courts: Buchanan County - Clerk Of District Court (210 5th Avenue Northeast Suite C), Buchanan County of Clerk of District Court (210 5th Avenue Southeast).

 
Buchanan County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Air pollution and air quality trends
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 35.1. This is about average.
City:

35.1
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 18.7. This is about average. There were 10 monitors within city limits.
City:

18.7
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 10.4. This is about average. Closest monitor was 20.2 miles away from the city center.
City:

10.4
U.S.:

9.6

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

INDEPENDENCE WATER DEPT (Address: 331 1ST ST E , Population served: 6014, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-1997, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-15-1997), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-15-1997), St Public Notif received (AUG-29-1997), St Compliance achieved (MAR-23-1998)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - Between JUL-01-1992 and MAR-01-2002, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAR-01-2002)
WAPSIPINICON GOLF CLUB (Population served: 33, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 5 routine major monitoring violations
  • One minor monitoring violation
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
THREE ELMS GOLF COURSE (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JUL-2004 and SEP-2004, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-15-2004), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-16-2004), St Public Notif requested (JUL-16-2004), St Public Notif received (JUL-29-2004), St Compliance achieved (JAN-31-2005)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAY-2003, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (MAY-16-2003), St Public Notif requested (MAY-16-2003), St Compliance achieved (JAN-16-2004)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 16.1%
(16.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 14.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 31.4% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.3 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  62.1%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.5%
Whole state:  6.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Independence, IA

152 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
4 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities in 2010

People in group quarters in Independence in 2000:

  • 190 people in nursing homes
  • 52 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 34 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 11 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

Independence compared to Iowa state average:

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  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.


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Banks with branches in Independence (2011 data):

  • BankIowa of Cedar Rapids: First Street East Branch, Independence South Office Branch, Drive Up Branch. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $464.4 mil, Deposits: $375.8 mil, headquarters in Cedar Rapids, IA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Fidelity Ban Corporation
  • Independence Federal Bank For Savings: Independence Federal Bank For Saving at 305 First Street West, branch established on 1935/05/20. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $21.9 mil, Deposits: $19.0 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 1 total offices
  • Security State Bank: at 231 First Street East, branch established on 1941/10/04. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $94.5 mil, Deposits: $75.8 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Independence Bancshares, Inc.

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Independence, Iowa:

  • Super 8 Motel, 2000 1st St W, Independence, IA 50644 , Phone: (319) 334-7041, Fax: (319) 334-4088
  • Country Inn And Suites, 2100 Swan Lake Blvd, Independence, IA 50644 , Phone: (319) 334-6400, Fax: (319) 334-2733
All 2 fire-safe hotels and motels in Independence, Iowa

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Independence travel time to work - commute


Independence mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (83%)
  • Electricity (14%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)
  • Wood (1%)

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Religion statistics for Independence city (based on Buchanan County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 70.39%
Here70.4%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)Lutheran Church
Adherents48.3%16.0%13.0%5.4%4.3%
Congregations17.4%19.6%6.5%10.9%6.5%
NameOld Order Amish The Wesleyan ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAInternational Council of Community ChurchesOther
Adherents2.8%2.1%1.7%1.6%4.7%
Congregations13.0%2.2%6.5%2.2%15.2%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Buchanan County:

2.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
Buchanan County:

6.70 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 20
This county:

9.57 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Buchanan County:

7.7%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Buchanan County:

27.5%
State:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.3%
State:

14.5%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 2$8,256$49,5360$0
Other Government Administration 2$8,252$49,5120$0
Police Protection - Officers 11$39,427$43,0110$0
Police - Other 5$11,497$27,5932$2,028
Firefighters 3$8,995$35,9800$0
Streets and Highways 5$15,635$37,5240$0
Sewerage 5$17,130$41,1120$0
Parks and Recreation 4$11,573$34,7197$2,331
Water Supply 2$7,490$44,9400$0
Electric Power 16$73,228$54,9210$0
Local Libraries 2$5,650$33,9005$3,201
Totals for Government 57$207,133$43,60714$7,560

Independence government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $1,348,000 ($225.91)
    Electric Utilities: $402,000 ($67.37)
    Air Transportation: $397,000 ($66.53)
    Regular Highways: $102,000 ($17.09)
  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $5,479,000 ($918.22)
    Police Protection: $1,025,000 ($171.78)
    Sewerage: $656,000 ($109.94)
    General - Other: $528,000 ($88.49)
    Parks and Recreation: $493,000 ($82.62)
    Regular Highways: $472,000 ($79.10)
    Water Utilities: $447,000 ($74.91)
    Solid Waste Management: $342,000 ($57.32)
    Local Fire Protection: $248,000 ($41.56)
    Libraries: $236,000 ($39.55)
    Housing and Community Development: $119,000 ($19.94)
    Financial Administration: $90,000 ($15.08)
    Central Staff Services: $70,000 ($11.73)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $54,000 ($9.05)
    Air Transportation: $53,000 ($8.88)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities, NEC: $22,000 ($3.69)
    General Public Buildings: $19,000 ($3.18)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $19,000 ($3.18)
    Health - Other: $2,000 ($0.34)
  • Electric Utilities - Interest on Debt: $189,000 ($31.67)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $452,000 ($75.75)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Electric Utilities: $134,000 ($22.46)
    Parks and Recreation: $16,000 ($2.68)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,362,000 ($395.84)

Independence government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,498,000 ($251.05)
    Solid Waste Management: $353,000 ($59.16)
    Parks and Recreation: $184,000 ($30.84)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $95,000 ($15.92)
    All Other: $55,000 ($9.22)
    Air Transportation: $1,000 ($0.17)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $432,000 ($72.40)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $181,000 ($30.33)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $261,000 ($43.74)
    General Revenue, NEC: $97,000 ($16.26)
    Special Assessments: $41,000 ($6.87)
    Rents: $39,000 ($6.54)
    Fines and Forfeits: $13,000 ($2.18)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $5,952,000 ($997.49)
    Water Utilities: $651,000 ($109.10)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $511,000 ($85.64)
    All Other: $34,000 ($5.70)
  • Tax - Property: $2,426,000 ($406.57)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $372,000 ($62.34)
    Other License: $64,000 ($10.73)
    Other Selective Sales: $46,000 ($7.71)

Independence government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $16,279,000 ($2728.17)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,599,000 ($2614.21)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $953,000 ($159.71)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $273,000 ($45.75)

Independence government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $10,031,000 ($1681.08)

5.05% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($33,727 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.05%
Iowa average:

6.30%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Black Hawk County, IA  1.10% ($34,500 average AGI)
from Fayette County, IA  0.76% ($29,034)
from Linn County, IA  0.72% ($33,255)


5.94% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($30,582 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.94%
Iowa average:

6.47%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Black Hawk County, IA  1.30% ($25,410 average AGI)
to Linn County, IA  0.92% ($30,042)
to Fayette County, IA  0.65% ($28,220)

Strongest AM radio stations in Independence:

  • KQMG (1220 AM; 0 kW; INDEPENDENCE, IA; Owner: KEENE OF IOWA, INC.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KKHQ (950 AM; 5 kW; OELWEIN, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KWLO (1330 AM; 5 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KCNZ (1250 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATION COMPANY, L.C.)
  • KDNZ (1650 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATIONS CO., LLC)
  • WMT (600 AM; 5 kW; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KNWS (1090 AM; daytime; 1 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KCRG (1600 AM; 5 kW; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CEDAR RAPIDS TELEVISION CO.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Independence:

  • KQMG-FM (95.3 FM; INDEPENDENCE, IA; Owner: KEENE OF IOWA, INC.)
  • KFMW (107.9 FM; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KNWS-FM (101.9 FM; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KUNI (90.9 FM; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KOKZ (105.7 FM; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KOEL-FM (92.3 FM; OELWEIN, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KDAT (104.5 FM; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KZIA (102.9 FM; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: KZIA, INC.)
  • KHKE (89.5 FM; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KOEL (98.5 FM; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KMCH (94.7 FM; MANCHESTER, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATION COMPANY, L.C.)

TV broadcast stations around Independence:

  • KWWL (Channel 7; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • KGAN (Channel 2; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: KGAN LICENSEE, LLC)
  • KCRG-TV (Channel 9; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: CEDAR RAPIDS TELEVISION CO.)
  • KRIN (Channel 32; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KPXR (Channel 48; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATIONS LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • KFXA (Channel 28; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Owner: SECOND GENERATION OF IOWA, LTD.)
  • K44FK (Channel 44; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)

Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2011 (per 100,000 population)

Independence, Iowa:
  • Fatal accident count: 4
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 6
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 1
  • Fatalities: 4
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 7
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 0
Iowa average:
  • Fatal accident count: 80
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 124
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 25
  • Fatalities: 87
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 201
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 8

Independence fatal accident list:

May 26, 1997 05:06 PM, 150, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
Jan 5, 1982 08:25 PM, 2ave Ne/Rr, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1
Sep 18, 1979 08:23 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Oct 25, 1979 01:45 PM, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1



2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 2
  • Good Intent Call: 1


Most common first names in Independence, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary8079.2 years
John7377.0 years
William5679.8 years
Robert4470.1 years
Charles4277.7 years
James4071.3 years
Donald3871.1 years
Harold3874.5 years
George3576.7 years
Richard3169.1 years
Most common last names in Independence, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller3580.7 years
Smith3479.7 years
Weber2775.4 years
Johnson2678.8 years
Brown2379.5 years
Williams1875.3 years
Rasmussen1775.9 years
Nelson1479.6 years
Obrien1279.9 years
Scott1267.0 years
Businesses in Independence, IA
NameCountNameCount
Burger King1Pizza Hut1
Curves1RadioShack1
Dairy Queen1Subway1
FedEx2Super 81
Goodwill1True Value1
H&R Block1UPS1
La-Z-Boy1Walmart1
McDonald's1

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  • #68 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in nursing homes (population 5,000+)"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most White Non-Hispanic residents (pop 5,000+)"
  • #94 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most local government spending on highway construction per resident in 2004 in $"
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