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Independence, Missouri is a City rich with history. Whatever your lifestyle, you will always be able to find something new and exciting to do. If you're looking to discover more about what makes Independence great, we've outlined a few highlights below. 

Independence is located within Jackson County and is just minutes away from downtown Kansas City, the Kansas City Royals, and Kansas City Chiefs stadiums. Whether you are living and working in Independence, or commuting to communities around us, Independence has easy access to transportation through the Kansas City Transportation Authority, or if you are looking for carpool options, you can get started here.

The city is home to thousands of unique businesses, which you can shop at the Independence Square, Englewood Arts District and throughout our community. Those looking to start a business in Independence or join the business community can join the Independence Chamber of Commerce.

Do you have school-aged children? Independence is home to four school districts; the Independence, Blue Springs and Fort Osage School Districts as well as Raytown Quality Schools. Those looking to expand their education can also stop by the Kansas City Public Library or Mid-Continent Public Library.

Independence owns and operates nearly 50 public parks and facilities. Our parks cover nearly 800 acres and include 43 athletic fields, so whether you are looking for a peaceful walk on the trails at George Owens Nature Parks, to make friends in a group exercise class, or enjoy a beautiful summer day at the pool, the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department has something for everyone in the family.

Looking for some inside entertainment? There is always an amazing show to be seen at the City Theatre.

Don't forget to grab a glass of tap water! Some of the best-tasting water in the world comes from and is maintained by the Independence Municipal Services Department. In 2023, the city placed in the top five in the United States and the top 10 in the world in the largest water competition, the Berkley Springs International Water Tasting Competition. It was also named the best-tasting water in Missouri by the American Water Works Association.

Independence Power & Light, which is our municipally-owned utilities department, makes sure our lights are always on. The utility has been recognized for its high reliability for nearly ten years.

But don't take our word for it, come find out for yourself what makes Independence so special.