B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$100,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$783
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%

Independence Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    343
    283
  • Murder
    8
    6
  • Rape
    48
    41
  • Robbery
    119
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    759
    500
  • Theft
    3,871
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    815
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$44,415
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    38%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%
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Independence is a wonderful place to live! It's just about thirty minutes to everywhere and very centrally located. Preferences on living environments are numerous. There are so many types of living options ... suburbs, city, country, close neighbors, far away neighbors, good communities, etc. If you like night life or day life we have both! Independence is such a versatile community that caters to pretty much every preference there is.
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I am a current resident of Independence. Altogether, I like where I live a lot. Anywhere you live will be an ideal place, you will never be far from somewhere to eat or a gas station. There is plenty here to do with several movie theaters and bowling alleys, the Independence mall, and other attractions such as Santa Cali Gon. I will have to admit that Independence is not the biggest or best suburb of Kansas City but it is pretty darn good. If I would have any apprehensiveness, it would be of safety at night time. Other than that, all is well!
Growing up in Independence I've had a fair experience of the city. Independence is quite close to a lot of attractions either in it's own city or the neighboring cities of Blue Springs and Lee's Summit. Downtown is always fun, with huge headliners frequently visiting the Sprint center or Independence Events Center, with things to do for all ages and a perfect family town. Good healthcare, specialized health and cancer centers, good schools, good jobs, and a growing infrastructure.