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Living in Independence, Missouri:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Independence, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked seven people living in Independence what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Harry Truman lived here. We also have an old jail that once held Frank James of the old west.

Marshall, says: 2023

The city of Independence is a diverse community with many attractions and restaurants available for people to enjoy. The area has emerged from years of leading the country in drug-related issues, but has shown the ability to be resilient. Rather than continuing down the spiral of a drug infested community, the city has began to implement many programs to address the issues and now is a sought out location for area residents.

Andrea, says: 2020

Moving to Independence, one must consider the rich history of this large city. Independence, Missouri, is known as the “Queen City of the Trails” because the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails originated here with the western migration beginning in the mid 1800’s. From the Independence Square’s uniqueness to the much-enjoyed walking trail, there is a lot to do and to enjoy in this large city. Home to the Presidential Library of Former President Harry S. Truman and his beautiful private home just west of the square where he and his wife, Bess Truman, lived most of their lives, there is a lot to learn and enjoy about this former president, This city is rich in architecture, diversity and history. There is something for everyone in Independence.

Independence is a very busy city with a lot of options for food and entertainment. We have excellent parks for the whole family. Our police department is very strong and collected. We have a lot of grocery stores to choose from that are clean and managed correctly. The people are kind and polite.

Taylor, says: 2020

One can discover suburban and urban living with arts and culture when residing in Independence Missouri. Independence is rich in history and offers opportunities for a variety of lifestyles and economic development. Harry S. Truman is one notable historical figure associated with Independence. Many public facilities have been dedicated to this famous President.

Danielle, says: 2020

Independence, Missouri, is the hometown of Harry S. Truman. My city was named in honor of the Declaration of Independence, my city has one of the largest genealogy libraries in the country, Independence has a sister city in Japan, Truman’s wife’s family built Truman’s home, and Independence hosted two civil war battles.

Amanda, says: 2020

Independence is an old town with a rich history. It served as a jumping off point to the west, with many wagon trails stopping here to be supplied for the arduous journey west. Additionally, Truman lived here and you can still follow his daily walking trail by following the posted signs around the main square. In summer, there is a great craft festival called Santa-Cali-Gon featuring many local artisans.

Kamryn, says: 2020

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