Independence is a city located in Missouri, in the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 113,288. President Harry Truman grew up here, and the Truman Presidential Library is located here. It is the county seat of Jackson County6.


\nIndependence is located at 39°4'47" North, 94°24'24" West (39.079805, -94.406551)
1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 203.2 km² (78.4 mi²). 202.9 km² (78.3 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.17% water.


\nAs of the
census of 2000, there are 113,288 people, 47,390 households, and 30,566 families residing in the city. The population density is 558.4/km² (1,446.3/mi²). There are 50,213 housing units at an average density of 247.5/km² (641.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 91.87% White, 2.59% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.46% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 2.31% from two or more races. 3.69% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 47,390 households out of which 28.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% are married couples living together, 12.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% are non-families. 30.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.37 and the average family size is 2.93. In the city the population is spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.3 males. The median income for a household in the city is $38,012, and the median income for a family is $45,876. Males have a median income of $34,138 versus $25,948 for females. The per capita income for the city is $19,384. 8.6% of the population and 6.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 11.8% are under the age of 18 and 6.7% are 65 or older.