Independence, VA Population

Population: 971. Estimated population in July 2020: 921 (-5.1% change)
Males: 436 (44.9%), Females: 535 (55.1%)

Grayson County

Zip code: 24348

Median resident age: 51.3 years
Median household income: $18,264
Median house value: $70,200

Races in Independence:

  • White Non-Hispanic (89.6%)
  • Black (6.8%)
  • Hispanic (2.7%)
  • Other race (1.2%)
  • Two or more races (1.2%)
  • American Indian (0.5%)

Ancestries: English (16.5%), United States (12.3%), Irish (9.0%), German (5.9%), Scotch-Irish (3.1%).

Elevation: 2698 feet

Land area: 2.3 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Independence

  • High school or higher: 61.7%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 11.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.9%
  • Unemployed: 2.3%
  • Mean travel time to work: 21.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Independence town

  • Never married: 16.6%
  • Now married: 51.1%
  • Separated: 4.0%
  • Widowed: 16.9%
  • Divorced: 11.4%

3.0% Foreign born (3.0% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: -27 (-2.7%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers near Independence:

  • ALLEGHANY COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 9 miles; SPARTA, NC)
  • TWIN COUNTY REGIONAL HOSPITAL (about 16 miles; GALAX, VA)
  • WYTHE COUNTY COMM HOSP (about 23 miles; WYTHEVILLE, VA)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Independence:

  • HICKORY REGIONAL (about 64 miles; HICKORY, NC; Abbreviation: HKY)
  • SMITH REYNOLDS (about 73 miles; WINSTON SALEM, NC; Abbreviation: INT)
  • RALEIGH COUNTY MEMORIAL (about 80 miles; BECKLEY, WV; Abbreviation: BKW)
Other public-use airports nearest to Independence:

  • MOUNTAIN EMPIRE (about 22 miles; MARION/WYTHEVILLE, VA; Abbreviation: MKJ)
  • ASHE COUNTY (about 24 miles; JEFFERSON, NC; Abbreviation: GEV)
  • TWIN COUNTY (about 25 miles; GALAX HILLSVILLE, VA; Abbreviation: HLX)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Independence:

  • BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE (about 46 miles; BLUEFIELD, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,096)
  • NEW RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 47 miles; DUBLIN, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,262)
  • APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY (about 48 miles; BOONE, NC; Full-time enrollment: 12,245)
  • RADFORD UNIVERSITY (about 55 miles; RADFORD, VA; Full-time enrollment: 8,034)
  • SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 56 miles; RICHLANDS, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,412)
  • CONCORD COLLEGE (about 58 miles; ATHENS, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,723)
  • CATAWBA VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 65 miles; HICKORY, NC; Full-time enrollment: 2,052)

Schools

Public high school in Independence:

  • GRAYSON COUNTY HIGH (Students: 675; Location: 110 BLUE DEVIL DRIVE; Grades: 09 – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Independence:

  • INDEPENDENCE MIDDLE (Students: 381; Location: 100 BLUE DEVIL DRIVE; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • INDEPENDENCE ELEM. (Students: 232; Location: 915 E MAIN ST; Grades: KG – 05)
  • BRIDLE CREEK ELEM. (Students: 119; Location: 77 BRIDLE CREEK RD; Grades: KG – 05)
  • GRAYSON CO HIGH CAREER & TECH ED (Location: 110 BLUE DEVIL DRIVE; Grades: 00 – 00)

Libraries

Library in Independence:

  • WYTHE-GRAYSON REGIONAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $750,083; Location: 147 S. INDEPENDENCE AVE.; 121,544 books; 5,027 audio materials; 4,426 video materials; 287 serial subscriptions)