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Independence is a city in Buchanan County.

It is the county seat.

So named because it was organized on July 4, 1847.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Iowa named Independence. For links to other places called Independence, IA, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Independence is 42.468N. The longitude is -91.889W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 935 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 5,923.


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Median household income
Local
$36,554
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Independence demographic reports
Independence is on the Wapsipinicon River.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 0.2 per 1,000 people.
Local festivals include:
  • Buchanan County Fair - July 18-21, 2007
  • Hobo Day - Aug. 12, 2007
Dates often change. Check Independence web sites and events links in the sections below.
Wildlife: Hundreds of thousands of snow geese stop at DeSoto Lake in November, on their migration to the Gulf of Mexico

Historic sites and museums: Wapsipinicon Mill
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Independence demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Buchanan County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 50644 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

38% of Independence residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Independence ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Independence was $20,683, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

17% of Independence residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Independence, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $296.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $722.


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Libraries in Independence include Independence Public Library ... View libraries

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Buchanan County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Independence political report.

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The average commute time for Independence workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Independence include Super 8.

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DUPLICATE NAMES
IA communities formerly known as Independence:
  �Leon, Decatur County
  �Selma, Van Buren County

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