Independence, Missouri

Independence: A city in Jackson County, Missouri. It is located in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Independence is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site and the Independence Square.


Independence is a city located in the county of Jackson in the U.S. state of Missouri. Its population at the 2010 census was 116,830 and a population density of 576 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 116,774 inhabitants.

The city was created 197 years ago in 1826.

Independence is a city located just east of Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri. With a population of over 117,000, it is fifth largest city in Missouri.


Independence was settled in the 1820s and named after the Declaration of Independence. It emerged as a starting point for westward migrations like the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon Trails.

Settlers outfitted their wagon trains in Independence before embarking west. This gave rise to a bustling commercial center and economy focused on outfitting travelers.

Today, the city celebrates its frontier heritage while enjoying growth as part of metropolitan Kansas City.


Major employers are the Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence School District, City of Independence, Bass Pro Shops, and Cerner Corporation.

The economy is diversified around healthcare, education, retail, technology, finance, and tourism related to history. The cost of living is lower than most metro areas.


Popular historic sites are the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, National Frontier Trails Museum, and Vaile Mansion.

Independence also offers the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena for concerts and sports, as well as parks, trails, shopping, and dining in its quaint downtown area.


With its rich pioneering history, affordability, site-seeing, and place in metro KC, Independence offers the ideal blend of past and present in the American Midwest.

Independence locator map
Location of Independence on Missouri map.

Quick Facts about Independence

Population : 116,774 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Missouri (United States)
County : Jackson County
Postal code : 64050–64058
Phone Area Codes : 816
Area : 202.76 km2
Altitude : 1,033 feet / 315 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1827 (197 years ago)
Time Zone : America/Chicago
Local time : 03:34:35 (18th April 2024)
Density : 576 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -0.05% (2010-2020)
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Independence is located at 39°5'28"N 94°24'56"W (39.0911200, -94.4155100).

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According to census records, the population of Independence decreased by 0.05% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 116,830 - census
2011 116,947 0.1% estimation process
2012 117,360 0.35% estimation process
2013 117,336 -0.02% estimation process
2014 117,575 0.2% estimation process
2015 117,347 -0.19% estimation process
2016 117,354 0.01% estimation process
2017 117,336 -0.02% estimation process
2018 117,213 -0.1% estimation process
2019 116,925 -0.25% estimation process
2020 116,774 -0.13% estimation process

Independence zip code is 64050. County name: Jackson, County fips: 29095

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People born in Independence (86)

People born in Independence, including actress and dancer Ginger Rogers, fantasy novelist Margaret Weis, First Lady of the United States Bess Truman, .


  • Larry Young (American racewalker) he was born in 10/02/1943
  • Margaret Truman (American author of murder mysteries; daughter of 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman (1924-2008)) she was born in 17/02/1924
  • Chris Pitman (American musician) he was born in 25/02/1976
  • Patrick F. Gill (American politician (1868-1923)) he was born in 16/08/1868
  • Arliss Howard (actor and director from the United States) he was born in 18/10/1954
  • Jon Barwise (American logician) he was born in 29/06/1942
  • Daniel McVicar (American actor) he was born in 17/06/1958
  • Gary Bergen (NBA basketball player) he was born in 16/07/1932
  • Jeffrey Lundgren (American mass murderer) he was born in 03/05/1950
  • Charles Thomas (American politician (1897-1983)) he was born in 28/09/1897
  • Jim Butcher (American author) he was born in 26/10/1971
  • Paul Henning (American producer and writer (1911-2005)) he was born in 16/09/1911
  • Peggy Noland (American fashion designer) she was born in 01/01/2000
  • Johnathan Wendel (American electronic sports player) he was born in 26/02/1981
  • William J. Randall (American politician) he was born in 16/07/1909
  • Jared Huffman (U.S. Representative from California) he was born in 18/02/1964
  • Rick Sutcliffe (American baseball player) he was born in 21/06/1956
  • Christy Henrich (American gymnast) she was born in 18/07/1972

Schools in Independence

College & universities near Independence, MO

Code Name City ZIP
177603 Summit Salon Academy Kansas City Independence (MO) 64055

Stations (7)

Amtrak & bus stations near Independence, MO

Code Name Address Type
IDP Independence 600 South Grand Ave. RAIL
KCY Union Station 30 West Pershing Rd. RAIL
LEE Lee's Summit 217 SW Main St. RAIL
WAR Warrensburg 100 South Holden St. RAIL
LRC Lawrence 413 East 7th Street RAIL

Post offices near Independence

Post Office Name City ZIP
Indep Main Post Office Independence (MO) 64050

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Other cities in Jackson County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Jackson County , MO. (more)

City Name Population Title
Kansas City 495,327 The third most populous city in Missouri and the center of the Kansas City metropolitan area.
East Independence 110,675 A census-designated place in Jackson County, Missouri.
Lee's Summit 101,467 The most populous city in Jackson County, Missouri.
Blue Springs 56,547 The most populous city in Jackson County, Missouri.
Raytown 28,816 City in Jackson County, Missouri, United States
Grandview 24,711 City in Washington, United States
Grain Valley 14,827 City in Jackson County, Missouri, United States
Oak Grove 8,437 City in Jackson County, Missouri, United States
Greenwood 5,881 Town in Jackson County, Florida in the United States
Sugar Creek 3,235 City in Missouri
Buckner 3,010 City in Jackson County, Missouri, United States
Marlborough 2,142 Village in St.
Lake Lotawana 2,131 City in Jackson County, Missouri, United States
Lone Jack 1,378 City in Jackson County, Missouri, United States
Lake Tapawingo 719 City in Jackson County, Missouri, United States
Adams 690 Town in Jackson County, Wisconsin, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Independence distances to largest Missouri cities