Independence, Missouri is an all-American city. Fourth largest in the state, Independence covers 78 square miles that include 40 parks, excellent schools and a wide variety of shopping facilities for both visitors and residents. The Independence landscape reveals rolling hills interspersed with free-flowing springs.
Initially an attraction to native Americans, settlers were drawn in the 1820s, and the site became a jumping-off point for the Santa Fe Trail. President Harry Truman was born here, and used the city as a second White House in the summers of his tenure in office. Independence now houses the Truman Library, Truman Home and other relevant sites, in addition to the RLDS headquarters and the National Frontier Trail Center.
The Independence School District, accredited with Distinction in Performance six years running, reflects a community-wide support of children and students. Independence is home to the Metropolitan Community College-Blue River, National American University-Independence and the Independence College of Cosmetology.