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About Independence, Kansas

Independence, Kansas is the Montgomery County seat with a population of 9,084 (2016) and has a median property value of $68,100. Spanning 7.75 square miles and situated along the Verdigris River on highways 75 and 169, Independence a offers deep history, family-fun, and education. 

The fun begins at Riverside Park with equipment for all ages, a merry-go-round that costs just 5 cents a person, and a passenger train that loops around the putt-putt golf course for just 25 cents. It's neighbor Ralph Mitchell Zoo includes a free where you're surrounded by friendly peacocks as you journey through the bear, cougar, and bald eagle exhibits. The zoo is also the birthplace of the first monkey in space, Miss Able. If you are more of a swimmer on a hot, sunny day take a ride on the lazy river, slides, or diving boards at Riverside Beach Family Aquatic Center. Or head five miles to Elk City Reservoir where one can swim, boat, fish, camp, and hike. 


The theatre is an integral part of Independence, Kansas. Home to Pulitzer Prize winner, William Inge, the William Inge Annual Theatre Festival attracts playwrights and celebrities each year. In addition to the Theatre Festival, you can enjoy a week-long celebration called Neewollah (Halloween spelled backward). The largest festival in Kansas, Neewollah is held each year in October that includes a community play, live music concerts, queen's coronation, carnival, competitions, and food vendors. 


When it comes to work and education, Independence public schools (USD #446) have above average ranking with a 12:1 teacher-student ratio. Independence Community College was voted #8 in the Top 50 Most Affordable Community Colleges in the nation. Economically, Independence specializes in utilities, manufacturing, mining, quarrying, oil, and gas extraction. The largest industries are manufacturing, healthcare & social assistance, and retail.

Independence, Kansas Schools (USD #446)

  • Independence High School, grades 9-12

  • Independence Middle School, grades 6-8

  • Jefferson Elementary School, grades 3-5

  • Eisenhower Elementary School, grades Pre-K-2

  • Zion Lutheran School, grades Pre-K-8

  • St. Andrews School, grades Pre-K-8

  • Independence Bible School, Pre-K-12

  • Tri-County Education Co-operative

  • Independence Community College

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