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Population in 2019: 892 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -8.1%
 
Males: 388  (43.6%)
Females: 504  (56.4%)
Median resident age:

51.0 years
Virginia median age:

38.5 years

Zip codes: 24348.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $25,393 (it was $18,264 in 2000)
Independence:

$25,393
VA:

$76,456

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $22,338 (it was $16,137 in 2000)

Independence town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $95,174 (it was $69,700 in 2000)
Independence:

$95,174
VA:

$288,800

Median gross rent in 2019: $398.

March 2019 cost of living index in Independence: 83.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 22.3%
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According to our research of Virginia and other state lists, there were 10 registered sex offenders living in Independence, Virginia as of September 16, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Independence is 102 to 1.


Crime rates in Independence by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
1
(107.5)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(108.3)
1
(108.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(108.2)
1
(107.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(111.7)
1
(114.2)
2
(208.8)
2
(211.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(108.8)
1
(111.7)
0
(0.0)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
2
(215.1)
2
(222.0)
1
(111.7)
0
(0.0)
1
(104.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(108.5)
1
(108.3)
1
(108.8)
1
(111.7)
1
(111.6)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
5
(537.6)
4
(444.0)
7
(782.1)
6
(684.9)
5
(521.9)
11
(1,163)
5
(541.1)
8
(862.1)
7
(759.2)
8
(866.7)
8
(870.5)
6
(670.4)
3
(334.8)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
2
(215.1)
2
(222.0)
1
(111.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(105.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(217.6)
2
(223.5)
1
(111.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(108.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index139.851.170.450.269.997.354.166.838.0128.9168.774.930.1

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Independence, VA

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 2 (2 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.23
Virginia average:

2.27
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Ancestries: American (54.5%), English (6.5%), Irish (5.0%), European (3.3%), German (3.2%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1934

Elevation: 2698 feet

Land area: 2.34 square miles.

Population density: 381 people per square mile   (very low).

Independence, Virginia map

17 residents are foreign born

This town:

1.6%
Virginia:

12.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $525 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $548 (0.5%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Winston-Salem, NC (61.3 miles , pop. 185,776).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Greensboro, NC (83.2 miles , pop. 223,891).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (400.8 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Sparta, NC (2.9 miles ),
Fries, VA (3.4 miles ),
Galax, VA (3.6 miles ),
Troutdale, VA (4.1 miles ),
Lowgap, NC (4.1 miles ),
Sugar Grove, VA (4.2 miles ),
Ivanhoe, VA (4.3 miles ),
Rural Retreat, VA (4.5 miles )

Latitude: 36.62 N, Longitude: 81.15 W

Area code: 276

Distribution of median household income in Independence, VA in 2019
Distribution of house value in Independence, VA in 2019
Independence satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

3.5%
Virginia:

4.6%
Most common industries in Independence, VA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (8.9%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (7.9%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (7.1%)
  • Educational services (6.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.1%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (3.9%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (3.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (9.9%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (7.4%)
  • Construction (5.4%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (5.4%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.0%)
  • Machinery (4.5%)
  • Repair & maintenance (4.5%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (15.2%)
  • Educational services (10.1%)
  • Food & beverage stores (7.3%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (6.7%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (5.6%)
  • Apparel (5.1%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (3.9%)
Most common occupations in Independence, VA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8.4%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (6.8%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.5%)
  • Cashiers (5.5%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (5.3%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.9%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (12.9%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (7.9%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (5.4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.0%)
  • Operations specialties managers, except financial managers (4.0%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4.0%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Cashiers (8.4%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (8.4%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (7.9%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.1%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (5.1%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4.5%)

Average climate in Independence, Virginia

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Independence, Virginia average temperatures Independence, Virginia average precipitation Independence, Virginia humidity Independence, Virginia wind speed Independence, Virginia snowfall Independence, Virginia sunshine Independence, Virginia clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 50.3. This is significantly better than average.

City:

50.3
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 30.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 19.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

30.2
U.S.:

33.3

Tornado activity:

Independence-area historical tornado activity is below Virginia state average. It is 62% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/7/1998, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 52.9 miles away from the Independence town center injured 2 people and caused $1 million in damages.

On 4/4/1974, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 38.6 miles away from the town center killed one person and injured 4 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Independence-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Virginia state average. It is 7% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/9/2020 at 12:07:37, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MW, Depth: 4.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 10.7 miles away from the city center
On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi) earthquake occurred 198.1 miles away from the city center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 188.4 miles away from Independence center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 58.3 miles away from Independence center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB) earthquake occurred 58.6 miles away from Independence center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 204.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Grayson County (15) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Hurricanes: 3, Storms: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Droughts: 2, Blizzard: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Independence topographic map

Main business address for: GRAYSON BANKSHARES INC (SAVINGS INSTITUTION, FEDERALLY CHARTERED).

Hospitals and medical centers in Independence:

  • NEW RIVER HOME HEALTH SERVICES, LLC (578-B EAST MAIN STREET)
  • GRAYSON NURSING AND REHAB CENTER (400 SOUTH INDEPENDENCE AVENUE)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Independence:

  • ALLEGHANY COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 9 miles away; SPARTA, NC)
  • ALLEGHANY CARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; SPARTA, NC)
  • WADDELL NURSING AND REHAB CENTER (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; GALAX, VA)
  • TWIN COUNTY HOSPICE (Hospital, about 13 miles away; GALAX, VA)
  • TWIN COUNTY REGIONAL HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 14 miles away; GALAX, VA)
  • INTERIM HEALTHCARE OF GALAX (Home Health Center, about 14 miles away; GALAX, VA)
  • TWIN COUNTY REGIONAL HH (Home Health Center, about 15 miles away; GALAX, VA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Independence:

  • Wytheville Community College (about 24 miles; Wytheville, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,193)
  • Surry Community College (about 30 miles; Dobson, NC; FT enrollment: 2,686)
  • Wilkes Community College (about 34 miles; Wilkesboro, NC; FT enrollment: 2,292)
  • Appalachian State University (about 41 miles; Boone, NC; FT enrollment: 17,362)
  • New River Community College (about 42 miles; Dublin, VA; FT enrollment: 3,007)
  • Radford University (about 49 miles; Radford, VA; FT enrollment: 9,426)
  • King University (about 56 miles; Bristol, TN; FT enrollment: 2,472)

Public high school in Independence:

Public elementary/middle schools in Independence:

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Library in Independence:

  • WYTHE-GRAYSON REGIONAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $684,133; Location: 147 S. INDEPENDENCE AVE.; 112,581 books; 5,272 audio materials; 5,767 video materials; 2 local licensed databases; 18 state licensed databases; 300 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable location: Grayson County Courthouse (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Main business address in Independence: GRAYSON BANKSHARES INC (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Church in Independence: Mount Zion Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attraction: Historic 1908 Courthouse Foundation (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 107 East Main Street).

Hotel: Grayson Inn & Suites (155 Rainbow Circle Drive).

Birthplace of: Wade Ward - Musician.

Grayson 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, TOWN OF (Population served: 971, Purch groundwater under infl of surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2009, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-16-2009), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-16-2009), St Public Notif received (JUL-01-2010), St Compliance achieved (AUG-19-2010)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2007 and DEC-2009, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-20-2009), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-20-2009), St Public Notif received (JUL-01-2010), St Compliance achieved (AUG-25-2010)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2007 and DEC-2009, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-20-2009), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-20-2009), St Public Notif received (JUL-01-2010), St Compliance achieved (AUG-25-2010)
FAIRVIEW WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 500, Purch surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
NEW RIVER CAMPGROUND & CANOE (Population served: 60, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation

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

  • GRANT COMMUNITY (Population served: 225, Primary Water Source Type: Purch groundwater)
Average household size:
This town:

1.9 people
Virginia:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

47.1%
Whole state:

67.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

6.1%
Whole state:

5.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.5% of all households
115 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
117 people in nursing homes in 2000
10 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the intellectually disabled in 2000

Banks with branches in Independence (2011 data):

  • Grayson National Bank: at 113 West Main Street, branch established on 1900/10/06; East Independence Branch at 802 East Main Street, branch established on 1971/09/17. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $345.8 mil, Deposits: $297.3 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, 10 total offices, Holding Company: Grayson Bankshares, Inc.
  • Carter Bank & Trust: Independence Office Branch at 449 E. Main Street, branch established on 2002/03/29. Info updated 2007/02/23: Bank assets: $3,970.4 mil, Deposits: $3,610.0 mil, headquarters in Martinsville, VA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 123 total offices

For population 15 years and over in Independence:

Marital status in Independence, VA
  • Never married: 28.1%
  • Now married: 38.5%
  • Separated: 2.3%
  • Widowed: 13.8%
  • Divorced: 17.3%

For population 25 years and over in Independence:

  • High school or higher: 81.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.9%
  • Unemployed: 2.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.3
Virginia average:

12.1

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Independence
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Independence, VA (based on Grayson County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant4,81929
Mainline Protestant2,46529
Other1-
None8,248-
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: 4
Here:

2.49 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

1.24 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

1.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
This county:

3.11 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 9
This county:

5.60 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Grayson County:

10.2%
Virginia:

9.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Grayson County:

24.9%
Virginia:

26.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Grayson County:

15.2%
State:

18.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

48.1%
Virginia:

50.6%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

41.7%
Virginia:

48.6%

Average BMI:
Independence:

28.4
Virginia:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Independence:

20.9%
Virginia:

20.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

14.3%
State:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.9
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Independence:

33.8%
Virginia:

33.5%

General health condition:
Independence:

49.4%
Virginia:

57.4%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

71.8%
Virginia:

80.5%

More about Health and Nutrition of Independence, VA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 4$16,450$49,3500$0
Water Supply 4$12,306$36,9180$0
Police Protection - Officers 2$8,010$48,0603$1,230
Sewerage 2$6,800$40,8000$0
Totals for Government 12$43,566$43,5663$1,230

Independence government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $347,000 ($389.01)
    Police Protection: $193,000 ($216.37)
    Central Staff Services: $180,000 ($201.79)
    Water Utilities: $178,000 ($199.55)
    Regular Highways: $116,000 ($130.04)
    Solid Waste Management: $91,000 ($102.02)
    General - Other: $85,000 ($95.29)
    General Public Buildings: $43,000 ($48.21)
    Local Fire Protection: $23,000 ($25.78)
    Financial Administration: $14,000 ($15.70)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $24,000 ($26.91)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $171,000 ($191.70)
    Sewerage: $57,000 ($63.90)
    Water Utilities: $33,000 ($37.00)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $438,000 ($491.03)

Independence government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $349,000 ($391.26)
    Other: $7,000 ($7.85)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $192,000 ($215.25)
    Interest Earnings: $13,000 ($14.57)
    Fines and Forfeits: $6,000 ($6.73)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $216,000 ($242.15)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $55,000 ($61.66)
    Highways: $9,000 ($10.09)
  • Tax - Property: $200,000 ($224.22)
    Other Selective Sales: $152,000 ($170.40)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $112,000 ($125.56)
    Public Utilities Sales: $84,000 ($94.17)
    Other License: $82,000 ($91.93)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $9,000 ($10.09)
    Motor Vehicle License: $9,000 ($10.09)

Independence government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $546,000 ($612.11)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $479,000 ($537.00)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $67,000 ($75.11)

Independence government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,663,000 ($1864.35)
Businesses in Independence, VA
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Strongest AM radio stations in Independence:

  • WWWJ (1360 AM; 5 kW; GALAX, VA; Owner: TWIN COUNTY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WTRU (830 AM; 50 kW; KERNERSVILLE, NC; Owner: TRUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WKSK (580 AM; 5 kW; W.JEFFERSON, NC; Owner: CADDELL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WPAQ (740 AM; 10 kW; MOUNT AIRY, NC; Owner: RALPH D. EPPERSON)
  • WHKY (1290 AM; 50 kW; HICKORY, NC; Owner: LONG COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.)
  • WSYD (1300 AM; 10 kW; MOUNT AIRY, NC; Owner: GRANITE CITY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCOK (1060 AM; daytime; 1 kW; SPARTA, NC; Owner: MOUNTAIN EMPIRE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WKNV (890 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FAIRLAWN, VA; Owner: POSITIVE RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WXIT (1200 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLOWING ROCK, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WZAP (690 AM; 10 kW; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: RAM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WFNR (710 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLACKSBURG, VA; Owner: PERCEPTION MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WBT (1110 AM; 50 kW; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATNS CO. OF NORTH CAROLINA)

Strongest FM radio stations in Independence:

  • WVTR (91.9 FM; MARION, VA; Owner: VIRGINIA TECH FOUNDATION INC)
  • WBRF (98.1 FM; GALAX, VA; Owner: BLUE RIDGE RADIO, INC.)
  • W267AN (101.3 FM; WILKESBORO, NC; Owner: TRIAD FAMILY NETWORK, INC.)
  • WMEV-FM (93.9 FM; MARION, VA; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WOLD-FM (102.5 FM; MARION, VA; Owner: EMERALD SOUND, INC.)
  • WHCB (91.5 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUC. COMMUNICATION CORP)
  • WCQR-FM (88.3 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WKBC-FM (97.3 FM; NORTH WILKESBORO, NC; Owner: WILKES BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WPIN-FM (91.5 FM; DUBLIN, VA; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WETS-FM (89.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WECR-FM (102.3 FM; BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WXBQ-FM (96.9 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WPSK-FM (107.1 FM; PULASKI, VA; Owner: NEW RIVER VALLEY RADIO PARTNERS, LLC)
  • WHAJ (104.5 FM; BLUEFIELD, WV; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WZJS (100.7 FM; BANNER ELK, NC; Owner: HIGHLAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES, LLC)
  • W285DG (104.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W225AA (92.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • KHPR (88.1 FM; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WPJO (99.3 FM; ELIZABETHTON, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WHKX (106.3 FM; BLUEFIELD, VA; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Independence:

  • W35AD (Channel 35; SPARTA, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)

Independence fatal accident list:

Oct 10, 2018 04:40 PM, Us-58, Lat: 36.618469, Lon: -81.167200, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 8, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
May 13, 2005 00:28 AM, Us-21, Lat: 36.638180, Lon: -81.158270, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Dec 13, 2005 00:19 AM, Us-21, Lat: 36.631280, Lon: -81.158390, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Jan 1, 1982 03:15 PM, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 16Number of bridges
  • 125ft / 38.1mTotal length
  • $1,178,000Total costs
  • 32,373Total average daily traffic
  • 1,079Total average daily truck traffic
  • 44,890Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic
New bridges in Independence, VA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 31920-1929
  • 41930-1939
  • 31970-1979
  • 31980-1989
  • 21990-1999
  • 12000-2009
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Independence, VA

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

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

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

5
  • Lat: 36.621500 Lon: -81.147333, Call Sign: WPBA656,
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.805 MHz, 151.925 MHz, 159.645 MHz, 160.147 MHz, 158.392 MHz, 152.960 MHz, Grant Date: 08/22/2012, Expiration Date: 11/06/2022, Registrant: Bearcom Wireless Worldwide, Dallas, TX 75355-9001, Phone: (214) 340-8876, Fax: (214) 355-1713, Email:
  • Lat: 36.621944 Lon: -81.155833, Call Sign: WPSS847,
    Assigned Frequencies: 469.350 MHz, Grant Date: 07/26/2001, Expiration Date: 07/26/2011, Cancellation Date: 10/01/2011, Certifier: Fred Griffiths, Registrant: Tnt Logistics North America Inc., 10751 Deerwood Ark Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256, Phone: (904) 928-1494, Fax: (904) 928-1525, Email:
  • Lat: 36.642222 Lon: -81.181944, Call Sign: WQIF955,
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.865 MHz, 159.510 MHz, 159.780 MHz, 159.855 MHz, 160.200 MHz, Grant Date: 01/29/2008, Expiration Date: 01/29/2018, Cancellation Date: 03/31/2018, Certifier: Tyler Gifford, Registrant: Two Way Radio, Incorporated, 1300 West Ridge Street, Wytheville, VA 24382, Phone: (276) 228-2791, Fax: (276) 228-5053, Email:
  • BUCK MTN REP, 3 Mi W Of Independence In Grayson County, Virginia (Lat: 36.645417 Lon: -81.208750), Type: Tower, Structure height: 54.8 m, Overall height: 60.9 m, Call Sign: WQMZ289,
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.435 MHz, Grant Date: 08/21/2020, Expiration Date: 11/15/2030, Certifier: Michael E Bolton, Registrant: Virginia Department Of State Police, 7700 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, VA 23261-7472, Phone: (804) 674-2044, Fax: (804) 674-2974, Email:
  • White Top Mountain (Lat: 36.638722 Lon: -81.605389), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 21.3 m, Call Sign: WQWM847,
    Assigned Frequencies: 460.025 MHz, 453.950 MHz, Grant Date: 10/06/2015, Expiration Date: 10/06/2025, Certifier: Richard Vaughn, Registrant: Dee Polley, 216 Middle Fork Road, Garden Valley, ID 83622, Phone: (208) 462-5200, Fax: (208) 247-2277, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

5
  • INDEPENDENCE, End Of State Route 684 (Lat: 36.645000 Lon: -81.208056), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 121.9 m, Overall height: 126.5 m, Call Sign: WPOP884,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6725.00 MHz, 6815.00 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 6004.50 MHz, 6785.00 MHz, Grant Date: 09/25/2018, Expiration Date: 09/14/2028, Certifier: Steven T Campbell, Registrant: Holland & Knight LLP, 800 17th Street, N.W., Suite #1100, Washington, DC 20006-3906, Phone: (202) 955-3000, Fax: (202) 955-5564, Email:
  • Pt. Lookout Mtn TS, 6 Mi North Of (Lat: 36.669556 Lon: -81.161194), Type: Tower, Structure height: 24.3 m, Overall height: 28.3 m, Call Sign: WQGY492, Licensee ID: L00268142,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6685.00 MHz, 6735.00 MHz, Grant Date: 03/07/2017, Expiration Date: 05/24/2027, Certifier: Jason D Griffith, Registrant: Appalachian Power Company
  • BUCK MTN, 3 Mi W Of Independence In Grayson County, Virginia (Lat: 36.645417 Lon: -81.208750), Type: Mast, Structure height: 54.8 m, Overall height: 60.9 m, Call Sign: WQKV962,
    Assigned Frequencies: 5974.85 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 6004.50 MHz, 6034.15 MHz, 6375.14 MHz, Grant Date: 07/17/2019, Expiration Date: 10/01/2029, Certifier: Captain John E Furlough, Registrant: Virginia State Police, 7700 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, VA 23261, Phone: (804) 674-4644, Fax: (804) 674-2602, Email:
  • BUCK MOUNTAIN, End Of State Route 684 (Lat: 36.645000 Lon: -81.208056), Type: Tower, Structure height: 121.9 m, Overall height: 126.5 m, Call Sign: WQNF492,
    Assigned Frequencies: 10775.0 MHz, 10735.0 MHz, 10815.0 MHz, Grant Date: 01/19/2011, Expiration Date: 01/19/2021, Cancellation Date: 03/27/2021, Certifier: Debbie Bolen, Registrant: Radyn, Inc, Silver Spring, MD 20914, Phone: (301) 493-5171, Fax: (301) 576-4553, Email:
  • 67177D, Near 621 Sugar Shack Road, (Lat: 36.630444 Lon: -81.079444), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 59.4 m, Overall height: 60.3 m, Call Sign: WRBL931,
    Assigned Frequencies: 11015.0 MHz, 11055.0 MHz, 11015.0 MHz, 11055.0 MHz, 11015.0 MHz, 11055.0 MHz, 11015.0 MHz, 11055.0 MHz, 11015.0 MHz, 11055.0 MHz... (+10 more), Grant Date: 04/24/2018, Expiration Date: 04/24/2028, Certifier: Charles F Crizer Jr, Registrant: Shentel, 500 Shentel Way, Edinburg, VA 22824, Phone: (540) 984-5286, Email:

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • Point Lookout Mountain, 3 Miles North Of (Lat: 36.666778 Lon: -81.166472), Call Sign: KNKC693,
    Assigned Frequencies: 158.100 MHz, 158.100 MHz, Grant Date: 03/26/2019, Expiration Date: 04/01/2029, Registrant: Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, 2300 N Street, Nw, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20037, Phone: (202) 783-4141, Fax: (202) 783-5851, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

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

FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 182J (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 119 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR O-470 SERIES (230 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 3173F, N3173F, N-3173F, Serial Number: 18257273, Year manufactured: 1966, Airworthiness Date: 06/03/1966, Certificate Issue Date: 11/08/1996
    Registrant (Corporation): Independence Lumber Inc, 407 Lumber Ln, Independence, VA 24348
  • Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8A (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 86 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR A&C65 SERIES (65 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 1116K, N1116K, N-1116K, Serial Number: 3843, Year manufactured: 1956, Airworthiness Date: 07/26/2000, Certificate Issue Date: 12/09/2009
    Registrant (Individual): Robert D Sexton, 235 Hilltop Dr, Independence, VA 24348
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 05/06/2019

2004 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2004 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 15. The highest number of reported fires - 41 took place in 2014, and the least - 0 in 2006. The data has a decreasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Independence, VA When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (50.2%), and Structure Fires (41.6%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Independence, VA
    • 11650.2%Outside Fires
    • 9641.6%Structure Fires
    • 146.1%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 52.2%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Independence, VA
Most common first names in Independence, VA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James4571.1 years
John4276.2 years
William4072.6 years
Robert3271.9 years
Mary2578.6 years
Thomas2174.6 years
Virginia1976.3 years
Paul1677.6 years
George1477.0 years
Ruby1478.5 years
Most common last names in Independence, VA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Cox7681.0 years
Phipps6178.2 years
Osborne4375.3 years
Hash4077.1 years
Ward3177.6 years
Bobbitt2972.8 years
Anders2874.1 years
Halsey2380.6 years
Roberts2275.7 years
Martin2176.1 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Independence, VA
  • 39.0%Electricity
  • 25.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 21.1%Wood
  • 11.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.5%Utility gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Independence, VA
  • 82.8%Electricity
  • 13.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 3.6%Utility gas


Independence compared to Virginia state average:

  • Median household income significantly below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed 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.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
There is 1 pilot and no other airmen in this city.
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