Independence, Ohio

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Independence is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 7,109.

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Geography

Independence is located at 41°22′55″N 81°38′27″W / 41.38194°N 81.64083°W / 41.38194; -81.64083[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.6 square miles (24.8 km²), all of it land.

Independence is also the confluence of I-480 and I-77. The I-77/I-480 interchange or the cloverleaf interchange as Clevelanders call it is the biggest interchange in Ohio. It was started in the 1960s with the construction of the Willow Freeway or I-77, in the late 1970s I-480 connected into I-77. This interchange is similar to interchanges in Los Angeles. The original 1939 cloverleaf is still in existence on Granger and Brecksville Roads. This is still used today, but not by as many cars because of I-77.

The geographic landmarks for Independence are the Crown Center Office complex (1992) and the Realty One Billboard on Brecksville Road. Just a little note, the Realty One sign blew off during a high wind storm on 1/30/2008.

Independence opens up Cleveland's urbaness from the Rockside/I-77 corridor all the way to Downtown Cleveland.

Independence is nicknamed Cleveland's Silicon Valley due to some high technology businesses call Independence home.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 7,109 people, 2,673 households, and 2,020 families residing in the city. The population density was 741.6 people per square mile (286.2/km²). There were 2,726 housing units at an average density of 284.4/sq mi (109.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.58% White, 0.58% African American, 1.29% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

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