Independence Real Estate Information

The fourth largest city in the state, Independence, Missouri, is a suburb of and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. It encompasses an area of almost 80 square miles and lies within the confines of Jackson and Clay counties, though most of it is in Jackson County, where it is one of two county seats. The city had a population of more than 110,000 when estimates were taken in 2008, and residents have a median household annual income of nearly $40,000.

The city was long known as the Queen City of the Trails for its location as the starting point for the western-bound Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails. It was originally inhabited by tribes of Missouri and Osage Native Americans. The Spanish and French both held the area for brief periods before it became part of the U.S. with the Louisiana Purchase. The city cites its official founding as being on March 29, 1827. Independence has a long and rich history as the farthest point west on the Missouri River where large ships could make it to, making it an important industrial city in its early years.

Independence served as home to former President Harry Truman, and it is home now to the Harry S Truman National Historic Site and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. There are four public school districts with operations in Independence: : Independence, Blue Springs, Fort Osage Schools and Raytown. There are several private schools as well, including the St. Mary's High School. Independence's higher education options include Blue River Community College and a Graceland University campus.

Attractions in Independence span all varieties of interests, from the Midwest Genealogy Center, the largest public genealogy research library in the U.S. to the nation's largest Korean War archive at the Center for the Study of the Korean War. Museums include the National Frontier Trails Museum and Leila's Hair Museum. The largest celebrations in Independence are the Santa-Cali-Gon Days, held each year around Labor Day to celebrate the city's history as the starting point of the three westward trails, the Vaile Strawberry Festival in June and the Independence Heritage Festival.