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Independence
Location of the city of Independencewithin Hennepin County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Independence
within Hennepin County, Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°1′3″N 93°41′58″W / 45.01750°N 93.69944°W / 45.01750; -93.69944Coordinates: 45°1′3″N 93°41′58″W / 45.01750°N 93.69944°W / 45.01750; -93.69944
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Hennepin
Area
 • City 34.58 sq mi (89.55 km2)
 • Land 32.43 sq mi (84.00 km2)
 • Water 2.15 sq mi (5.56 km2)
Elevation
978 ft (298 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • City 3,504
 • Estimate 
(2019)
3,803
 • Density 117.26/sq mi (45.28/km2)
 • Metro
3,279,833
Time zone UTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (Central)
ZIP codes
55357, 55359
Area code(s) 763
FIPS code 27-30842
GNIS feature ID 0645396
Website https://www.ci.independence.mn.us

Independence is a rural city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,504 at the 2010 census. U.S. Highway 12 serves as a main route in the community.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 34.56 square miles (89.51 km2), of which 32.37 square miles (83.84 km2) is land and 2.19 square miles (5.67 km2) is water. Independence is located 24 miles west of Minneapolis.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 223
1870 502 125.1%
1880 842 67.7%
1890 1,035 22.9%
1900 1,368 32.2%
1910 1,427 4.3%
1920 1,269 −11.1%
1930 1,184 −6.7%
1940 1,207 1.9%
1950 1,203 −0.3%
1960 1,446 20.2%
1970 1,993 37.8%
1980 2,640 32.5%
1990 2,822 6.9%
2000 3,236 14.7%
2010 3,504 8.3%
2020 3,755 7.2%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,504 people, 1,241 households, and 1,009 families living in the city. The population density was 108.2 inhabitants per square mile (41.8/km2). There were 1,305 housing units at an average density of 40.3 per square mile (15.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 1,241 households, of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.1% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 18.7% were non-families. 14.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.13.

The median age in the city was 45.6 years. 26.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.6% were from 25 to 44; 38.9% were from 45 to 64; and 12.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.9% male and 49.1% female.

Politics

The city of Independence has been a Republican jurisdiction in Minnesota in recent years. The city has voted for every Republican presidential candidate since 1980, with the last five campaigns carrying the town by a margin of over 25 points each.

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