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Independence, Ohio
6200 Oak Tree Blvd. - Independence, OH.jpg
Official seal of Independence, Ohio
Location in Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio
Location in Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio
Location of Ohio in the United States
Location of Ohio in the United States
Country United States
State Ohio
County Cuyahoga
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Total 9.63 sq mi (24.94 km2)
 • Land 9.53 sq mi (24.67 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.27 km2)
863 ft (263 m)
 • Total 7,133
 • Estimate 
 • Density 753.20/sq mi (290.83/km2)
Demonym(s) Independencian
Time zone UTC-4 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
Area code(s) 216
FIPS code 39-37240
GNIS feature ID 1064885

Independence is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. It is a suburb of Cleveland. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,133.

Independence was originally called Center and was renamed in 1830.


Independence is located at 41°22′55″N 81°38′27″W / 41.38194°N 81.64083°W / 41.38194; -81.64083.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.64 square miles (24.97 km2), of which 9.54 square miles (24.71 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.

Independence is also the intersection of I-480 and I-77. The I-77/I-480 interchange or the cloverleaf interchange as Clevelanders call it, is the biggest interchange in Ohio. The cloverleaf opened in 1940, but construction of the Willow Freeway, which became I-77, was stalled by World War II until the 1950s. In the late 1970s I-480 connected into I-77. This interchange is similar to interchanges in Los Angeles. The original 1939 cloverleaf is still in existence on Granger and Brecksville Roads. This is still in use today, but not by as many cars because of I-77.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 262
1920 1,074
1930 1,525 42.0%
1940 1,815 19.0%
1950 3,105 71.1%
1960 6,568 111.5%
1970 7,034 7.1%
1980 6,607 −6.1%
1990 6,500 −1.6%
2000 7,109 9.4%
2010 7,133 0.3%
Est. 2019 7,175 0.6%

2010 census

Largest ancestries (2010) Percent
Polish 36.6%
Irish 19.7%
German 18.0%
Italian 17.1%
Czech 7.3%
Slovak 6.0%

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,133 people, 2,770 households, and 2,054 families living in the city. The population density was 747.7 inhabitants per square mile (288.7/km2). There were 2,868 housing units at an average density of 300.6 per square mile (116.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.6% White, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 2,770 households, of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.8% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.05.

The median age in the city was 47 years. 22.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.9% were from 25 to 44; 33.5% were from 45 to 64; and 19.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

Of the city's population over the age of 25, 36.0% held a bachelor's degree or higher.

Rockside Road/I-77 Corridor

In the 1970s, many Cleveland businesses needed backup and extra office space from their downtown Cleveland offices. In the 1970s, the Rockside corridor was developed into offices and numerous hotels to help downtown Cleveland. In 1991, the Crown Center on 5005 Rockside Road was built making it the tallest building between Downtown Cleveland and Akron. This area is referred as Cleveland's Silicon Valley.

Cavaliers training facility

Independence is the home of the current NBA World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers training facility.

Surrounding communities


Independence is the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers training facility.


The Independence Local School District operates Independence Primary School, Independence Middle School and Independence High School. There is also St. Michael's Catholic School, under the Diocese of Cleveland. Independence is also home to the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine.

Notable people

  • Kathrine Baumann, former actress and designer
  • Tom Boerwinkle, National Basketball Association player
  • Jessica Eye, mixed martial arts fighter
  • Joe Kovacs, puppeteer
  • Stipe Miocic, mixed martial arts fighter
  • Louis J. O'Marr, 13th attorney general of Wyoming
  • Nadine Secunde, operatic soprano
  • Jim Trakas, former member of the Ohio House of Representatives
  • Brian Roote, Entrepreneur
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