Independence is a vibrant, multi-cultural, riverfront community with a robust economy providing good jobs and financial stability. The historic downtown district is located along the beautiful Willamette River and includes restaurants, art galleries, bakeries and the celebrated Riverview Park Amphitheater where movies and concerts are produced throughout the summer. A public boat launch is located next to the park.
Once a major hop producing area, the city hosts an annual Hop Festival as well as 4th of July and Christmas celebrations. Seasonal farmers and crafters markets are held in two locations downtown. In addition to Riverview Park, the city has an Inspiration Garden and several recreational parks.
Independence has been honored with a number of civic awards such as the “Oregon Main Street” award for projects revitalizing the downtown and the “Playful City USA” award for cities that make play a priority helping children stay active. Independence is the only city in Oregon to receive this award. The city also received the “2014 All-America City Award” given by the National Civic League for leadership in promoting community pride.
The city offers space for both large and small businesses. Parcels of buildable land are ready to accept manufacturing and larger footprint industry, while downtown is the perfect location for “destination” business. The community is home to the public-use Independence State Airport and adjacent residential airpark. A high-speed fiber optic telecommunications system called MINET provides high-speed connectivity for local businesses and homes. A conference center and meeting rooms are located in the Civic Center.
Population: 8,662–2013 U.S. census est.
Elevation: 168 feet above sea level
Location: 17 miles from Salem via Hwys. 22 & 51
City of Independence
555 Main Street S
Independence, OR 97351