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Independence is a city in Polk County, in the Salem metro area.
The community was named for Independence, MO
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Oregon named Independence. For links to other places called Independence, OR, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Independence is 44.851N. The longitude is -123.185W.It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 167 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 6,974.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Independence demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Polk County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Salem area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 97361 ZIP code.
15% of Independence residents report German ancestry, and 9% 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 $13,933, compared with $21,587 nationally.
13% of Independence residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Historic districts in Independence include Independence Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Independence, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $543. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $893.
Libraries in Independence include Independence Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Independence include Polk County Itemizer-Observer
Polk County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Independence political report.
The average commute time for Independence workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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