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Population in 2010: 1,167. Population change since 2000: +8.7%
 

Males: 599  (51.3%)
Females: 568  (48.7%)

Median resident age:  37.7 years
New York median age:  40.7 years

Zip codes: 14897.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $42,903 (it was $33,438 in 2000)
Independence:

$42,903
NY:

$56,448
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $17,551

Independence town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $50,891 (it was $40,600 in 2000)
Independence:

$50,891
NY:

$280,900
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $61,296; Detached houses: $66,186; Townhouses or other attached units: $58,881; In 2-unit structures: $55,143; Mobile homes: $41,472

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Independence races chart
  • White alone - 1,139 (97.6%)
  • Two or more races - 10 (0.9%)
  • Hispanic - 9 (0.8%)
  • Black alone - 5 (0.4%)
  • Asian alone - 3 (0.3%)
  • Other race alone - 1 (0.09%)

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


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Independence: 134.6 (high, U.S. average is 100)


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Ancestries: English (18.5%), German (15.6%), Irish (13.4%), United States (9.8%), Dutch (4.3%), French (3.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 34.5 square miles.

Population density: 34 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Independence:

  • High school or higher: 77.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.9%
  • Unemployed: 8.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Independence town:

  • Never married: 25.0%
  • Now married: 57.5%
  • Separated: 2.1%
  • Widowed: 7.4%
  • Divorced: 8.1%

2 residents are foreign born

This town:  0.2%
New York:  22.6%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Independence town:  2.8% ($1,117)
New York:  1.9% ($2,847)
Independence satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Cheektowaga, NY (77.4 miles , pop. 79,988).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Rochester, NY (77.4 miles , pop. 219,773).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (198.0 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: West Union, NY (2.1 miles ), Willing, NY (2.4 miles ), Andover, NY (2.7 miles ), Stannards, NY (2.7 miles ), Greenwood, NY (2.8 miles ), Wellsville, NY (3.1 miles ), Ulysses borough, PA (3.2 miles ), Alma, NY (3.5 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 1 building, cost: $7,500
  • 1998: 3 buildings, average cost: $65,000
  • 1999: 0 buildings
  • 2000: 3 buildings, average cost: $63,300
  • 2001: 2 buildings, average cost: $59,500
  • 2002: 1 building, cost: $50,000
  • 2003: 1 building, cost: $50,000
  • 2004: 1 building, cost: $50,000
  • 2005: 1 building, cost: $50,000
  • 2006: 1 building, cost: $50,000
  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $50,000
  • 2008: 2 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 2009: 7 buildings, average cost: $178,900
  • 2010: 8 buildings, average cost: $178,900
  • 2011: 5 buildings, average cost: $178,900
  • 2012: 5 buildings, average cost: $178,900

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 42.05 N, Longitude: 77.79 W

Independence household income distribution Independence home values distribution

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

7.6%
New York:

7.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Machinery (15%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (12%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (5%)
  • Wood products (3%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations (3%)
  • Educational services (24%)
  • Health care (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Machinery (5%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (11%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)

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Average climate in Independence, New York

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Tornado activity:

Independence-area historical tornado activity is above New York state average. It is 40% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/21/2003, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 11.8 miles away from the Independence town center caused $200,000 in damages.

On 6/20/1969, a category F3 tornado 22.9 miles away from the town center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Independence-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below New York state average. It is 95% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/12/1994 at 10:43:15, a magnitude 3.6 (3.5 LG, 3.6 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 50.6 miles away from the city center
On 2/3/2001 at 20:15:15, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 LG) earthquake occurred 28.5 miles away from Independence center
On 5/25/1995 at 14:22:32, a magnitude 3.0 (2.6 LG, 3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 84.1 miles away from the city center
On 8/15/1991 at 07:16:07, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 87.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Allegany County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 8, Floods: 7, Heavy Rain: 1, Landslide: 1, Storm: 1, Tornado: 1, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Power Outage: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Independence:

  • JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (Hospital, Acute Care Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, about 10 miles away; WELLSVILLE, NY)
  • HIGHLAND PARK REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; WELLSVILLE, NY)
  • WELLSVILLE MANOR NH (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; WELLSVILLE, NY)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Independence:

  • SUNY College of Technology at Alfred (about 15 miles; Alfred, NY; Full-time enrollment: 3,184)
  • Saint Bonaventure University (about 33 miles; Saint Bonaventure, NY; FT enrollment: 2,154)
  • Corning Community College (about 37 miles; Corning, NY; FT enrollment: 2,559)
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (about 41 miles; Mansfield, PA; FT enrollment: 2,919)
  • SUNY at Geneseo (about 52 miles; Geneseo, NY; FT enrollment: 5,454)
  • Finger Lakes Community College (about 64 miles; Canandaigua, NY; FT enrollment: 3,750)
  • Lock Haven University (about 66 miles; Lock Haven, PA; FT enrollment: 4,769)

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Notable locations in Independence: Whitesville Public Library (A), Whitesville Fire Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Independence: Chenunda Creek Fellowship (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Fulmer Valley Cemetery (1), Independence Cemetery (2), Whitesville Rural Cemetery (3), Kenyon Road Cemetery (4), United States Cemetery (5), Spring Mills Cemetery (6), Pioneer Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Wileyville Creek (A), Spring Mills Creek (B), Marsh Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

 
Allegany County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Average household size:
This town:  2.8 people
New York:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  74.9%
Whole state:  63.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  11.8%
Whole state:  6.8%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.7% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

13.3%
Whole state:

14.6%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

3.2%
Whole state:

7.4%

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Independence, NY

Independence compared to New York state average:

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


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000



Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (70%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (14%)
  • Wood (9%)
  • Electricity (4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2%)
  • Other fuel (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Independence town (based on Allegany County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 35.73%
Here35.7%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist Church The Wesleyan ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAAssemblies of God
Adherents36.2%18.9%15.7%4.4%3.8%
Congregations13.7%23.5%6.9%5.9%5.9%
NameEpiscopal ChurchChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)General Association of Regular Baptist ChurchesChristian and Missionary AllianceOther
Adherents2.6%2.2%2.1%1.9%12.2%
Congregations6.9%1.0%5.9%3.9%26.5%
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: 15
This county:

3.03 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

4.13 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

0.40 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 26
Allegany County:

5.25 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

1.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 42
Allegany County:

8.48 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.82 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.8%
State:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

25.6%
New York:

23.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Allegany County:

11.5%
New York:

15.6%

5.24% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($28,872 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.24%
New York average:

5.41%

0.17% of residents moved from foreign countries ($482 average AGI)
Allegany County:

0.17%
New York average:

0.24%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Cattaraugus County, NY  0.89% ($25,436 average AGI)
from Steuben County, NY  0.63% ($30,551)
from Erie County, NY  0.38% ($36,932)


6.22% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,081 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.22%
New York average:

6.26%

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 Cattaraugus County, NY  1.09% ($21,734 average AGI)
to Steuben County, NY  0.64% ($32,356)
to Monroe County, NY  0.30% ($28,125)

Strongest AM radio stations in Independence:

  • WLSV (790 AM; 1 kW; WELLSVILLE, NY; Owner: DBM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WHHO (1320 AM; 5 kW; HORNELL, NY; Owner: BILBAT RADIO, INC.)
  • WHAM (1180 AM; 50 kW; ROCHESTER, NY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WABH (1380 AM; 10 kW; BATH, NY)
  • WWKB (1520 AM; 50 kW; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: ENTERCOM BUFFALO LICENSE, LLC)
  • WLEA (1480 AM; 3 kW; HORNELL, NY; Owner: PMJ COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WFRM (600 AM; 1 kW; COUDERSPORT, PA; Owner: FARM & HOME BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WWJZ (640 AM; 50 kW; MOUNT HOLLY, NJ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WLNL (1000 AM; daytime; 5 kW; HORSEHEADS, NY; Owner: LIGHTHOUSE MEDIA, INC.)
  • KDKA (1020 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WWLZ (820 AM; 4 kW; HORSEHEADS, NY; Owner: CHEMUNG COUNTY RADIO, INC.)
  • WCBM (680 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: WCBM MARYLAND, INC.)
  • WMCA (570 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF NEW YORK, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Independence:

  • WZKZ (101.9 FM; ALFRED, NY; Owner: PEMBROOK PINES ELMIRA, LTD.)
  • WJQZ (103.5 FM; WELLSVILLE, NY; Owner: DBM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WKPQ (105.3 FM; HORNELL, NY; Owner: BILBAT RADIO, INC.)
  • WSQA (88.7 FM; HORNELL, NY; Owner: WSKG PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL)
  • WFRM-FM (96.7 FM; COUDERSPORT, PA; Owner: FARM & HOME BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WETD (90.7 FM; ALFRED, NY; Owner: STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK)
  • WCID (89.1 FM; FRIENDSHIP, NY; Owner: FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WCKR (92.1 FM; HORNELL, NY; Owner: PMJ COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WHKS (94.9 FM; PORT ALLEGANY, PA; Owner: L-COM INC.)
  • W257AX (99.3 FM; HORNELL, NY; Owner: FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WDNY-FM (93.9 FM; DANSVILLE, NY; Owner: MILLER MEDIA INC.)
  • WCIK (103.1 FM; BATH, NY; Owner: FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WPIG (95.7 FM; OLEAN, NY; Owner: ARROW COMMUNICATIONS OF N.Y., INC.)
  • WMTT (94.7 FM; TIOGA, PA; Owner: EUROPA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • W201CY (88.1 FM; DANSVILLE, NY; Owner: MARS HILL BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WOLN (91.3 FM; OLEAN, NY; Owner: STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK)
  • W246AP (97.1 FM; DANSVILLE, NY; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF THE FINGER LAKES)
  • WGMM (97.7 FM; BIG FLATS, NY; Owner: EOLIN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W282AC (104.3 FM; DANSVILLE, NY; Owner: FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WCOG-FM (100.7 FM; GALETON, PA; Owner: FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Independence:

  • W64AJ (Channel 64; WHITESVILLE, NY; Owner: WESTERN NEW YORK PUBLIC B/CING.ASSN.)
  • W16BE (Channel 16; HORNELL, NY; Owner: WYDC, INC.)
  • W61AJ (Channel 61; ANDOVER, NY; Owner: WESTERN NEW YORK PUBLIC B/CING.ASSN.)

National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 13
Total length: 15 meters (49ft)
Total costs: $20,234,000
Total average daily traffic: 8,940
Total average daily truck traffic: 977
Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic: 12,450

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 1920-1929: 1
  • 1930-1939: 0
  • 1940-1949: 0
  • 1950-1959: 1
  • 1960-1969: 0
  • 1970-1979: 5
  • 1980-1989: 3
  • 1990-1999: 2
  • 2000-2009: 1
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Independence, NY


FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Penn York Energy Corporation Office (Lat: 42.090056 Lon: -77.768333), Call Sign: KTO775, Licensee ID: L00069692
    Assigned Frequencies: 48.9800 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/20/2011, Expiration Date: 03/19/2021
    Registrant: National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation



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  • #10 on the list of "Top 100 safest cities (lowest city-data.com crime index)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2004 Presidential Election"
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