Independence, Kansas

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Population in 2017: 8,729 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: -11.3%
 
Males: 4,527  (51.9%)
Females: 4,202  (48.1%)
Median resident age:

35.7 years
Kansas median age:

36.7 years

Zip codes: 67301.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $41,075 (it was $29,574 in 2000)
Independence:

$41,075
KS:

$56,422

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $22,781 (it was $15,496 in 2000)

Independence city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $89,430 (it was $48,100 in 2000)
Independence:

$89,430
KS:

$150,600

Median gross rent in 2017: $684.

March 2019 cost of living index in Independence: 75.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 22.7%
(21.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.8% for Black residents, 26.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 18.5% for American Indian residents, 36.9% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Independence, KS (2017)
    • 6,72573.7%White alone
    • 1,05311.5%Hispanic
    • 6647.3%Black alone
    • 2662.9%Two or more races
    • 2202.4%Asian alone
    • 1421.6%American Indian alone
    • 510.6%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

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



According to our research of Kansas and other state lists, there were 41 registered sex offenders living in Independence, Kansas as of May 26, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Independence is 222 to 1.


Crime rates in Independence by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2011

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
1
(10.7)
1
(10.8)
0
(0.0)
1
(10.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(11.5)
1
(11.6)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
2
(21.4)
1
(10.8)
3
(32.6)
8
(87.1)
2
(21.0)
4
(45.1)
5
(57.5)
9
(104.3)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
5
(53.5)
12
(130.0)
5
(54.3)
3
(32.7)
4
(41.9)
10
(112.9)
7
(80.5)
3
(34.8)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
43
(459.9)
55
(595.9)
38
(412.6)
25
(272.3)
26
(272.5)
44
(496.6)
47
(540.7)
49
(567.9)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
100
(1,070)
116
(1,257)
85
(922.9)
92
(1,002)
90
(943.1)
113
(1,275)
111
(1,277)
N/A
Thefts
(per 100,000)
331
(3,540)
333
(3,608)
333
(3,616)
349
(3,801)
317
(3,322)
375
(4,233)
440
(5,062)
383
(4,439)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
22
(235.3)
35
(379.2)
21
(228.0)
14
(152.5)
16
(167.7)
17
(191.9)
26
(299.1)
32
(370.8)
Arson
(per 100,000)
5
(53.5)
7
(75.8)
4
(43.4)
3
(32.7)
6
(62.9)
9
(101.6)
14
(161.1)
3
(34.8)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)381.8451.2352.3390.1296.1443.2517.1527.9

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City-data.com crime index in Independence, KS

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 26 (19 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.20
Kansas average:

2.20
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Ancestries: American (22.5%), German (11.1%), Irish (9.4%), Welsh (5.0%), English (4.1%), Scottish (2.6%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 826 feet

Land area: 4.97 square miles.

Population density: 1,755 people per square mile   (low).

Independence, Kansas map

416 residents are foreign born (2.1% Latin America).

This city:

4.6%
Kansas:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,460 (1.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,130 (1.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Tulsa, OK (76.9 miles , pop. 393,049).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (312.3 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities:

Liberty, KS (2.8 miles),
Cherryvale, KS (3.0 miles ),
Elk City, KS (3.4 miles ),
Dearing, KS (3.4 miles ),
Neodesha, KS (3.7 miles ),
Coffeyville, KS (3.7 miles ),
Tyro, KS (3.8 miles ),
Havana, KS (4.0 miles)

Latitude: 37.23 N, Longitude: 95.71 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +647 (+7.1%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 2,078 (52.3%)

Area code: 620

Distribution of median household income in Independence, KS in 2017
Distribution of house value in Independence, KS in 2017
Independence satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 9 buildings, average cost: $86,500
  • 1998: 5 buildings, average cost: $72,800
  • 1999: 13 buildings, average cost: $106,600
  • 2000: 5 buildings, average cost: $67,300
  • 2001: 5 buildings, average cost: $58,100
  • 2002: 10 buildings, average cost: $90,000
  • 2003: 5 buildings, average cost: $140,700
  • 2004: 5 buildings, average cost: $93,200
  • 2005: 2 buildings, average cost: $119,200
  • 2006: 7 buildings, average cost: $109,600
  • 2007: 12 buildings, average cost: $161,400
  • 2008: 5 buildings, average cost: $102,800
  • 2009: 29 buildings, average cost: $81,100
  • 2010: 2 buildings, average cost: $114,900
  • 2011: 19 buildings, average cost: $108,100
  • 2012: 21 buildings, average cost: $108,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Independence, KS residents
Average permit cost in Independence, KS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.5%
Kansas:

3.7%
Historical population in Independence, KS
Historical housing units in Independence, KS
Most common industries in Independence, KS (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Transportation equipment (15.9%)
  • Health care (8.8%)
  • Educational services (7.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.5%)
  • Construction (4.5%)
  • Public administration (4.3%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (4.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Transportation equipment (17.0%)
  • Construction (8.1%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (5.2%)
  • Educational services (4.8%)
  • Health care (4.7%)
  • Machinery (4.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (3.9%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Transportation equipment (14.7%)
  • Health care (13.1%)
  • Educational services (10.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.1%)
  • Social assistance (6.3%)
  • Public administration (4.8%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.7%)
Most common occupations in Independence, KS (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.8%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (4.0%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.8%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (3.6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (3.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.2%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.1%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.1%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.4%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (5.8%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.2%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.0%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.6%)

Average climate in Independence, Kansas

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Independence, Kansas average temperatures Independence, Kansas average precipitation Independence, Kansas humidity Independence, Kansas wind speed Independence, Kansas snowfall Independence, Kansas sunshine Independence, Kansas clear and cloudy days

Independence, Kansas environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 69.1. This is about average.

City:

69.1
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 4.44. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 11.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

4.44
U.S.:

1.79
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 28.0. This is about average. Closest monitor was 14.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

28.0
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2009 was 18.8. This is about average. Closest monitor was 12.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

18.8
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 8.91. This is about average. Closest monitor was 21.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.91
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Independence-area historical tornado activity is near Kansas state average. It is 98% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/19/2000, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 8.9 miles away from the Independence city center caused $71 million in damages.

On 3/15/1982, a category F3 tornado 11.2 miles away from the city center killed one person and injured one person and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Independence-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Kansas state average. It is 71% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/6/1997 at 23:38:00, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 182.2 miles away from the city center
On 5/4/2001 at 06:42:12, a magnitude 4.7 (4.2 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 241.0 miles away from the city center
On 1/21/1982 at 00:33:54, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 241.8 miles away from the city center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 319.2 miles away from the city center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 328.9 miles away from Independence center
On 9/15/1995 at 00:31:33, a magnitude 4.1 (3.8 LG, 4.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 166.3 miles away from Independence center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Montgomery County (11) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 3, Winds: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Independence topographic map

Hospitals in Independence:

  • MERCY HOSPITAL INDEPENDENCE (Voluntary non-profit - Church, 800 WEST MYRTLE STREET)

Nursing Homes in Independence:

  • COLONIAL LODGE (1000 W MULBERRY)
  • GLENWOOD ESTATE (621 S 2ND ST)
  • HEATHERWOOD ESTATES (614 S 8TH ST)
  • LODGE AT INDEPENDENCE, THE (1000 MULBERRY ST)
  • MEADOWBROOK TERRACE OF INDEPENDENCE (1101 DONALD AVE)
  • MERCY HOSPITAL SNF (800 W MYRTLE ST)
  • MONTGOMERY PLACE NURSING CENTER (614 S 8TH ST)
  • THE REGAL ESTATE OF GLENWOOD (1000 MULBERRY, PO BOX 627)

Dialysis Facilities in Independence:

  • INDEPENDENCE DIALYSIS CENTER (801 W. MYRTLE)

Home Health Centers in Independence:

  • MERCY HOMECARE (422 W MAIN ST)

Airports located in Independence:

See details about airports located in Independence, KS

College/University in Independence:

  • Independence Community College (Full-time enrollment: 896; Location: 1057 West College Avenue; Public; Website: www.indycc.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Independence:

  • Allen County Community College (about 53 miles; Iola, KS; Full-time enrollment: 2,089)
  • Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (about 53 miles; Miami, OK; FT enrollment: 2,075)
  • Pittsburg State University (about 57 miles; Pittsburg, KS; FT enrollment: 6,838)
  • Rogers State University (about 63 miles; Claremore, OK; FT enrollment: 3,482)
  • Missouri Southern State University (about 70 miles; Joplin, MO; FT enrollment: 4,456)
  • Cowley County Community College (about 75 miles; Arkansas City, KS; FT enrollment: 3,173)
  • University of Tulsa (about 76 miles; Tulsa, OK; FT enrollment: 3,702)

Public high school in Independence:

Private high school in Independence:

  • INDEPENDENCE BIBLE SCHOOL (Students: 76, Location: 2246 S 10TH ST, Grades: KG-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Independence:

  • EISENHOWER ELEM (Students: 509, Location: 501 SPRUCE, Grades: PK-2)
  • INDEPENDENCE MIDDLE (Students: 428, Location: 300 W LOCUST, Grades: 6-8)
  • JEFFERSON SCHOOL (Location: 2101 N. 13TH STREET, Grades: PK-8)

Private elementary/middle schools in Independence:

  • ST ANDREW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 161, Location: 215 N PARK BLVD, Grades: PK-8)
  • ZION LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 94, Location: 301 S 11TH ST, Grades: PK-8)
See full list of schools located in Independence

Library in Independence:

  • INDEPENDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $416,280; Location: 220 EAST MAPLE; 44,981 books; 1,092 audio materials; 2,200 video materials; 1 local licensed databases; 30 state licensed databases; 112 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Independence: Riverside Beach Family Aquatic Center (A), Ralph Mitchell Zoo (B), West Laurel Industrial Park (C), Beachner Grain Elevator Number 9 (D), Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Jail (E), Independence Police Department (F), Montgomery County District Court Independence (G), Montgomery County Sheriff's Office (H), Montgomery County Rural Fire District Station 1 (I), Independence Fire Department (J), Independence Emergency Medical Services (K), Montgomery County Courthouse (L), Montgomery County Health Department (M), Independence Historical Museum (N), Independence Public Library (O), Independence Science and Technology Center (P), Independence City Hall (Q), Montgomery County Public Works (R), Independence City Public Works (S), Memorial Hall (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Independence include: Berean Christian Mission (A), Bible Holiness Church (B), Church of Christ (C), Church of God (D), Church of God in Christ (E), Congregational United Church of Christ (F), Crystalbrook Church (G), Evangelical Friends Church (H), First Assembly of God Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Zion Lutheran Cemetery (1), Mount Hope Cemetery (2), Calvary Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Tourist attractions: Independence Science & Technology Center (Museums; 125 South Penn Avenue), Independence Museum (8th & Myrtle), R C Fun Center (Amusement & Theme Parks; 1427 South 10th Street).

Hotels: Knights Inn (3222 West Main Street), Townsman Motel (1112 East Main Street), Appletree Inn (201 North 8th Street), Hillcrest Inn (3146 North Penn Avenue), Super 8 Motel (2800 West Main Street), Microtel Inn & Suites (2917 West Main Street), Super 8 Independence KS (2800 West Main Street), Lamplighter Inn (2400 West Main Street), Knights Inn Independence KS (3222 West Main Street US Route 75).

Courts: Montgomery-County - Court Reporter (Courthouse), Montgomery-County - Court Services Courthouse (Courthouse), District Court Jury Call In System (300 East Main Street), Independence City - Municipal Court Clerk (120 North 6th Street), Montgomery-County - District Court Judge (Courthouse).

Birthplace of: Sherman Halsey - Music video director, Dave McGinnis - Football player and coach, Derek Schmidt - Politician, Gareth Porter - Anti–Vietnam War activist, Helen Foster (actress) - Actress, Jim Halsey - Businessman, Ron Warner - 2005 NFL player (Washington Redskins, born: Sep 26, 1975), William Wadsworth Hodkinson - Film producer, Scott Hastings (basketball) - Basketball player, William Inge - (1913-1973), dramatist.

Montgomery 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:

INDEPENDENCE, CITY OF (Population served: 9,242, Surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2007 and SEP-2007, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-21-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-21-2007), St Public Notif received (NOV-01-2007), St Compliance achieved (APR-28-2008)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Single Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In NOV-2013, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-07-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-07-2013), St Public Notif received (DEC-19-2013), St Compliance achieved (DEC-31-2013)
  • Monthly Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In NOV-2013, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-07-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-07-2013), St Public Notif received (DEC-19-2013), St Compliance achieved (DEC-31-2013)
Average household size:
This city:

2.4 people
Kansas:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

61.5%
Whole state:

66.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

7.9%
Whole state:

5.8%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households
126 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities in 2010
85 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010

People in group quarters in Independence in 2000:

  • 147 people in nursing homes
  • 80 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 5 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 4 people in homes for the mentally retarded

Banks with branches in Independence (2011 data):

  • Commercial Bank: Walmart Independence Branch at 121 South Peter Pan Road, branch established on 2000/07/19; Independence Branch at 616 North Penn, branch established on 1912/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $230.9 mil, Deposits: $190.8 mil, headquarters in Parsons, KS, positive income, 8 total offices
  • Community National Bank & Trust: Independence Branch at 125 N. Penn, branch established on 1999/06/18; Independence Drive Thru Branch at 124 North Penn, branch established on 2009/06/30. Info updated 2011/01/06: Bank assets: $766.3 mil, Deposits: $636.2 mil, headquarters in Chanute, KS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 25 total offices, Holding Company: Community Bancorp, Inc.
  • First National Bank, Independence, Kansas: Drive-In Facility at 1801 West Main, branch established on 1993/05/24; at 113 North Penn Avenue, branch established on 1881/01/01. Info updated 2006/08/09: Bank assets: $83.0 mil, Deposits: $65.9 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 4 total offices
  • Bank of America, National Association: Independence Branch at 501 North Penn Avenue, branch established on 1907/11/19. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Independence: First Federal Savings And Loan Assoc at 112 E Myrtle Street, branch established on 1905/01/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $168.4 mil, Deposits: $117.8 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 5 total offices

For population 15 years and over in Independence:

Marital status in Independence, KS
  • Never married: 28.3%
  • Now married: 48.1%
  • Separated: 2.5%
  • Widowed: 7.1%
  • Divorced: 14.0%

For population 25 years and over in Independence:

  • High school or higher: 89.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.2%
  • Unemployed: 4.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.9
Kansas average:

11.1

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, KS (based on Montgomery County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant10,08363
Mainline Protestant4,90423
Catholic2,9004
Other8263
Black Protestant4316
None16,327-
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
Here:

1.74 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.29 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Montgomery County:

0.29 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.51 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 22
Montgomery County:

6.38 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 27
Montgomery County:

7.84 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

7.33 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.1%
State:

8.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Montgomery County:

29.6%
Kansas:

27.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.8%
Kansas:

13.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

49.7%
State:

48.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Independence:

45.9%
State:

45.1%

Average BMI:
Independence:

29.1
Kansas:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

21.4%
State:

21.6%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

13.0%
Kansas:

10.6%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.8
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

35.3%
State:

33.6%

General health condition:
This city:

55.3%
Kansas:

55.2%

Average condition of hearing:
Independence:

77.1%
Kansas:

78.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Independence, KS Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Firefighters 28$104,875$44,9460$0
Water Supply 19$54,423$34,3720$0
Police Protection - Officers 15$55,393$44,3140$0
Parks and Recreation 9$23,939$31,9190$0
Police - Other 8$22,373$33,5600$0
Local Libraries 7$17,340$29,7262$1,918
Housing and Community Development (Local) 7$22,998$39,4253$1,194
Streets and Highways 7$19,634$33,6580$0
Solid Waste Management 6$16,091$32,1820$0
Sewerage 5$15,611$37,4660$0
Other and Unallocable 5$14,630$35,1120$0
Financial Administration 5$15,113$36,2711$1,608
Airports 2$6,382$38,2920$0
Other Government Administration 2$14,411$86,4660$0
Judicial and Legal 2$5,263$31,5780$0
Health 1$1,796$21,5520$0
Totals for Government 128$410,272$38,4636$4,720

Independence government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $2,526,000 ($289.38)
    Local Fire Protection: $2,016,000 ($230.95)
    Sewerage: $1,450,000 ($166.11)
    Police Protection: $1,320,000 ($151.22)
    Air Transportation: $1,305,000 ($149.50)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,253,000 ($143.54)
    Libraries: $724,000 ($82.94)
    Central Staff Services: $661,000 ($75.72)
    Parks and Recreation: $525,000 ($60.14)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $158,000 ($18.10)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $141,000 ($16.15)
    Regular Highways: $2,000 ($0.23)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $256,000 ($29.33)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $4,533,000 ($519.30)

Independence government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $2,078,000 ($238.06)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,162,000 ($133.12)
    Air Transportation: $657,000 ($75.27)
    Regular Highways: $339,000 ($38.84)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $66,000 ($7.56)
    Parks and Recreation: $19,000 ($2.18)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $227,000 ($26.01)
    Fines and Forfeits: $159,000 ($18.22)
    Special Assessments: $27,000 ($3.09)
    Interest Earnings: $24,000 ($2.75)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,360,000 ($155.80)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $29,261,000 ($3352.16)
    General Local Government Support: $27,000 ($3.09)
    Public Welfare: $9,000 ($1.03)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $5,989,000 ($686.10)
    Property: $2,445,000 ($280.10)
    Other License: $18,000 ($2.06)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $6,000 ($0.69)

Independence government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $12,844,000 ($1471.42)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $12,672,000 ($1451.71)
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $5,900,000 ($675.91)
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $5,700,000 ($653.00)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,759,000 ($316.07)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,586,000 ($296.25)
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $200,000 ($22.91)

Independence government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $172,000 ($19.70)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $16,811,000 ($1925.88)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,700,000 ($653.00)

7.15% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($44,554 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.15%
Kansas average:

7.12%

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 Washington County, OK  0.58% ($42,406 average AGI)
to Labette County, KS  0.49% ($43,724)
to Tulsa County, OK  0.37% ($42,364)
Businesses in Independence, KS
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Ace Hardware1McDonald's1
Arby's1Microtel1
AutoZone1Pizza Hut1
Blockbuster1RadioShack1
Chevrolet1SONIC Drive-In1
Dairy Queen1Sears1
FedEx1Super 81
Ford1Taco Bell1
H&R Block1Toyota1
Jones New York1U-Haul1
Knights Inn1UPS2
La-Z-Boy1Walgreens1
Lane Furniture2Walmart1

Strongest AM radio stations in Independence:

  • KIND (1010 AM; 0 kW; INDEPENDENCE, KS; Owner: CENTRAL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KGGF (690 AM; 10 kW; COFFEYVILLE, KS; Owner: KGGF-KUSN, INC.)
  • KRMG (740 AM; 50 kW; TULSA, OK; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KFAQ (1170 AM; 50 kW; TULSA, OK; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • KTBZ (1430 AM; 25 kW; TULSA, OK; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KMUS (1380 AM; 20 kW; MUSKOGEE, OK; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • KKOW (860 AM; 10 kW; PITTSBURG, KS; Owner: AMERICAN MEDIA INVESTMENTS)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WMBH (1560 AM; 10 kW; JOPLIN, MO)
  • KOMA (1520 AM; 50 kW; OKLAHOMA CITY, OK; Owner: RENDA BROADCASTING CORP. OF NEVADA)
  • KBTN (1420 AM; 10 kW; NEOSHO, MO; Owner: PETRACOM OF JOPLIN, L.L.C.)
  • KFTI (1070 AM; 10 kW; WICHITA, KS; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • KOCR (1310 AM; 5 kW; JOPLIN, MO; Owner: OZARK CHRISTIAN COLLEGE)

Strongest FM radio stations in Independence:

  • KARF (91.9 FM; INDEPENDENCE, KS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KIND-FM (102.9 FM; INDEPENDENCE, KS; Owner: CENTRAL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KUSN (98.1 FM; DEARING, KS; Owner: KGGF-KUSN, INC.)
  • KKRK (98.9 FM; COFFEYVILLE, KS; Owner: KGGF-KUSN, INC.)
  • KGGF-FM (104.1 FM; FREDONIA, KS; Owner: KGGF-KUSN, INC.)
  • KBQC (88.5 FM; INDEPENDENCE, KS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KYFM (100.1 FM; BARTLESVILLE, OK; Owner: KCD ENTERPRISES, INC.)
  • KQLL-FM (106.1 FM; OWASSO, OK; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KEOJ (101.1 FM; CANEY, KS; Owner: KXOJ, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Independence:

  • K54GC (Channel 54; INDEPENDENCE, KS; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
Independence fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Independence fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 67Number of bridges
  • 669ft / 204mTotal length
  • $5,679,000Total costs
  • 73,471Total average daily traffic
  • 5,455Total average daily truck traffic
  • 92,148Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic
New bridges in Independence, KS - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 21910-1919
  • 21920-1929
  • 111930-1939
  • 31940-1949
  • 11950-1959
  • 81960-1969
  • 201970-1979
  • 51980-1989
  • 81990-1999
  • 62000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Independence, KS
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Independence)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 67 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Independence, KS)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 16 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 25 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 86 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Independence)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 1 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Independence)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 24 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 107. The highest number of fires - 168 took place in 2006, and the least - 50 in 2010. The data has a rising trend.
    Fire incident types in Independence, KS When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (52.9%), and Structure Fires (34.1%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Independence, KS
    • 96252.9%Outside Fires
    • 62034.1%Structure Fires
    • 1799.9%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 563.1%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Independence, KS
Most common first names in Independence, KS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William12976.4 years
John11976.2 years
James11774.5 years
Mary11681.3 years
Charles9077.0 years
Robert7571.7 years
George6578.7 years
Ruth5881.8 years
Carl4975.7 years
Helen4880.0 years
Most common last names in Independence, KS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson5777.9 years
Smith5579.6 years
Miller4979.0 years
Brown4875.9 years
Wilson4678.8 years
Clark3676.9 years
Jones3181.7 years
Cook2777.3 years
Thompson2679.5 years
Scott2678.7 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Independence, KS
  • 85.0%Utility gas
  • 14.0%Electricity
  • 1.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Independence, KS
  • 66.1%Utility gas
  • 31.4%Electricity
  • 1.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.3%Wood


Independence compared to Kansas state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.

Independence on our top lists:

  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: personal care and service occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #56 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most full-time local library workers per 1000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most full-time firefighters per 1000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #97 on the list of "Top 100 cities with lowest ratio of median house value to median household income (pop. 5,000+)"
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