Nestled in Northeast Iowa, Independence was home to some of the first settlers west of the Mississippi. Known for its Midwestern hospitality and strong-dedicated work ethic, Independence residents have been proud people promoting progress since being founded in 1847.
Residents and visitors alike enjoy looking back at the community's progression through its almost 160 years of inhabitants. Today, Independence is home to over 6000 residents. With many amenities such as the Buchanan County Health Center, Buchanan County Safety Center, Independence Police and Fire, Independence Light & Power Telecommunications, East Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative, superior parks & recreation, municipal airport, public pool and library, railroad and many community service organizations, Independence truly exemplifies why residents proclaim "America's Fame is in our Name".