Independence, Missouri, is an urban part of the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Even though it's the fourth largest city in Missouri, Independence doesn't feel like a big city; it has more of a small-town feel to it. The city has about 120,000 residents living there. It's only about 10 minutes outside of Kansas City, so it offers easy access to all of the exciting big city amenities. Independence is most known in American history as the home of President Harry S. Truman and as part of the Santa Fe Trail to the West.
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Housing Statistics The cost of living in Independence is pretty reasonable. It's the middle of the country so you won't pay an arm and a leg to own a home or rent a home. You can also choose a rent to own home option. The average home for rent will cost you about $650 per month. The average cost of a home to own is about $100,000. You will notice most homes for sale will be priced on an average of about $90,000. Most of the homes in Independence are single family homes in neighborhoods lined with trees. Many have spacious yards. Close to 70 percent of the residents own homes, while less than 30 percent rent a home. The vacancy rate is pretty average at about 10 percent. Unlike some areas in the Kansas City Metro area, Independence doesn't have as many foreclosed homes. But you shouldn't have too much difficult finding a home for sale or a home for rent if you plan your move well in advance.
School SystemsThe school system in Independence has four school districts from which to choose. The school system is considered to be a high-ranking one. Blue Springs School District is one of the best in quality in the area. There are two private schools and two colleges located in Independence, as well as a wide variety of colleges and private schools in the metro area.
Arts and CultureMuch of the culture in Independence centers on President Harry Truman, including the famous Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Don't forget to take a trip to view the home of Harry Truman, as well. One large annual festival is the Santa-Cali-Gon Days, which is a celebration of the frontier trails that started in Independence and led to Santa Fe, California and Oregon. About 15 minutes from Independence is the newly developed Sprint Center, located in downtown Kansas City, MO. The arena is host to a number of events and concerts in the city. There is also the Sprint Center district around the arena, which includes places to eat, shop and hang out.
Neighborhoods There are a number of great neighborhoods in Independence. The city also has a feel of old American history. Here's a look at a few neighborhoods:
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