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
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$98,600
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$775
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%

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
    258
    273
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    48
    41
  • Robbery
    112
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    721
    525
  • Theft
    3,654
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    778
    263

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$43,472
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    11%
  • 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!
I love the diversity of this city and I love the activity level of the communities! There is always something going on in Independence that will get you out of the house to enjoy the day. I would like to see the easement of travel around the city, as most of it's streets are congested for a majority of the day. I would also like to see more community-wide events. Overall, I love the city and I love it's people!