Independence Profile

independenceIndependence has a strong industrial base with targeted industries in aerospace and sheet metal fabrication. With companies like Textron Aviation, Kansas Aviation, Aviation Controls, VT Hackney, Matcor, and several other nationally known companies, its no wonder business is growing in Independence. 

The unique charm of Independence makes it stand out among communities across America. It is home to Little House on the Prairie (Laura Ingalls Wilder's childhood home), the Ralph Mitchell Park and Zoo, and one of Kansas' largest celebrations, Neewollah (Halloween spelled backwards). You will find the small town atmosphere of this Norman Rockwell-esque community is truly a great place to call home for your family and business.

Independence has two main industrial parks with available acreage for your business.  The Airport Industrial Park is located southwest of the city and is currently home to various businesses including Textron Aircraft and Kansas Aviation. The West Laurel Industrial Park, located on the west side of the city, has all the infrastructure in place for your shovel-ready project.

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Demographics

Total Population

8,948

Households

3,673

Median Age

38

Population Growth Rate

-1%

Source:

ESRI, 2018-06-22

Housing

Total Housing Units

4,447

Owner Occupied

2,229

Renter Occupied

1,445

Vacant

774

Median Home Value

$81,638


Average Home Value

$114,951

Source:

ESRI, 2018-06-22

Income

Median Household

2017

$44,818

2022

$46,921

Average Household

2017

$61,811

2022

$68,130

Per Capita

2017

$25,503

2022

$27,914

Cost of living

76.0

of US average
Source:

ESRI, 2018-06-22

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Commute

Average Commute Time

17 min.

Drive Alone

3,184

Carpooled

432

Public

11

Work At Home

34

Source:

ESRI, 2018-06-22

Workforce

Workers 16+

3,843

Graduates

High School

1,452

Associates

695

Bachelor's

749

Graduate

378

Total Employed

5,675

Total Businesses

581

AG/Forestry/
Fish/Hunting

Businesses

1

Employed

2

Mining

Businesses

2

Employed

20

Utilities

Businesses

3

Employed

15

Construction

Businesses

23

Employed

231

Manufacturing

Businesses

18

Employed

302

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

14

Employed

126

Source:

ESRI, 2018-06-22