Independence, Missouri Population 2020

116,715

Independence is a city located in Missouri. With a 2020 population of 116,715, it is the 5th largest city in Missouri (after Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, and Columbia) and the 252nd largest city in the United States. Independence is currently declining at a rate of -0.09% annually and its population has decreased by -0.10% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 116,830 in 2010. Independence reached it's highest population of 117,504 in 2014. Spanning over 78 miles, Independence has a population density of 1,497 people per square mile.

The average household income in Independence is $63,837 with a poverty rate of 14.48%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $839 per month, and the median house value is $107,300. The median age in Independence is 41 years, 38.7 years for males, and 43.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 89.5 males.

Independence Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Independence was:

  • White: 81.08%
  • Black or African American: 7.22%
  • Other race: 6.10%
  • Two or more races: 2.65%
  • Asian: 1.33%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 1.07%
  • Native American: 0.56%
The current population of Independence, Missouri is 116,715, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 116,925.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 116,830.

Independence, Missouri Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White95,02781.08%
Black or African American8,4677.22%
Some Other Race7,1466.10%
Two or More Races3,1102.65%
Asian1,5541.33%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,2491.07%
American Indian and Alaska Native6540.56%

Independence Population Pyramid 2020

Independence Median Age

41


Total

38.7


Male

43.1


Female

Independence Adults

There are 90,812 adults, (21,015 of whom are seniors) in Independence.

Independence Age Dependency

67.9

Age Dependency Ratio

30.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Independence Sex Ratio

Female

61,847

52.77%

Male

55,360

47.23%

Independence Households and Families

Independence Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Independence Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79.7%20.3%
All61.5%38.5%
Male53.4%46.6%
Non Family51.4%48.6%
Female39.6%60.4%

61.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All48,1662.4161.5
Married20,0593.1179.7
Non Family18,6091.251.4
Female7,4383.2739.6
Male2,0603.2753.4

3.05

Average Family Size

2.41

Average Household Size

6.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Independence Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,9653.62%
9th to 12th Grade6,2907.68%
High School Graduate30,08736.74%
Some College20,40224.91%
Associates Degree6,3377.74%
Bachelors Degree10,78813.17%
Graduate Degree5,0196.13%

Independence Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White68,21762,00114,003
Hispanic5,7323,427512
Black4,5134,212608
Other Race3,0591,514252
Asian1,200911350
Multiple Races1,117902157
Islander73466618
Native American532478137

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 93.33%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 29.17%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,635$41,316$30,411
Less Than High School$26,038$31,889$19,848
High School Grad$31,964$40,394$22,914
Some College$35,950$42,148$31,203
Bachelors Degree$42,482$52,997$39,864
Graduate Degree$48,811$52,934$46,250

$35,635

Average Earnings

$41,316

Average Male

$30,411

Average Female

Independence Language

Independence Language by Age

Independence Language

91.85% of Independence residents speak only English, while 8.15% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.07% of the population.

Independence Poverty

Independence Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White89,4149,57710.71%
Hispanic11,7543,49729.75%
Black8,2702,75233.28%
Other7,1462,69537.71%
Multiple3,07954417.67%
Native65410616.21%
Islander1,2361048.41%
Asian1,554865.53%

14.48%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.21%

Male Poverty Rate

16.53%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Independence

The race most likely to be in poverty in Independence is Other, with 37.71% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Independence is Asian, with 5.53% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.24%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.91%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.21%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School23.65%
High School12.42%
Some College9.39%
Bachelors or Greater4.10%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed52.00%
Male Unemployed31.36%
Female Employed8.32%
Male Employed4.31%

Independence Income

Independence Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$48,331$63,837
Families$60,571$74,163
Married Families$73,865$87,328
Non Families$31,582$41,891

Independence Marital Status

Independence Marital Status

Marriage Rates

45.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.1%

Male Marriage Rate

42.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Independence Married by Age and Sex

Independence Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Independence Marital Status by Race

Independence Veterans

8,998

Number of Veterans

8,406

Male Veterans

592

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,632
First Gulf War1,554
Second Gulf War1,087
Korea993
World War II355
Name Veterans % of Total
White8,54911.08%
Black2534.71%
Hispanic1722.44%
2 or More1026.93%
Hawaiian273.61%
Other250.61%
Asian221.72%
Indian203.35%

$Independence Veterans by Education

5.26%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.93%

Veteran Disability Rate

Independence Employment Status

61.3%

Labor Force Participation

58%

Employment Rate

5.4%

Unemployment Rate

Independence Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

66.87%

Born in Missouri

94.95%

Native Born

5.05%

Foreign Born

2.77%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

94.95% of Independence residents were born in the United States, with 66.87% having been born in Missouri. 2.77% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020116,715-105-0.09%
2019116,820-105-0.09%
2018116,925-202-0.17%
2017117,127-105-0.09%
2016117,232-9-0.01%
2015117,241-263-0.22%
2014117,5042290.20%
2013117,275-30-0.03%
2012117,3054070.35%
2011116,898170.01%
2010116,8813,5930.31%
2000113,2889870.09%
1990112,3015040.04%
1980111,7971670.01%
1970111,63049,3026.00%
196062,32825,3655.36%
195036,96320,8978.69%
194016,0667700.49%
193015,2963,6102.73%
192011,6861,8271.71%
19109,8592,8853.52%
19006,9745940.89%
18906,3803,2347.33%
18803,146-38-0.12%
18703,184200.06%
18603,1640.00%