Overview of Independence
Located just 13 miles south of Oregon's state capitol, the town of Independence, OR is a western Oregon city in the central region of the state. Home to about 8,000 residents, Independence maintains a small-town vibe. Most families here agree that the town is a great one in which to raise a family. According to the census, approximately 30 percent of the city's residents are under the age of 18. Independence apartments for rent can offer the perfect home for anyone in state government, looking for a quaint small-town lifestyle, or wanting a community-oriented town to settle into.
Living in Independence, OR
The first pioneers to plat Independence came from Independence, MO in the mid-1800s. Due to its location along the Willamette River, Independence quickly became an important landing location, and prompted several businesses to grow and thrive in the area.
Independence's close proximity to Salem provides local individuals with many opportunities for employment in many fields of government work. Other major employers include the Spirit Mountain Casino, Western Oregon University, and many opportunities in the fields of agriculture and viticulture.
Students residing in Independence apartments or other rentals enjoy easy access to several local universities. The biggest public university in the area is Western Oregon University, located in nearby Monmouth. Willamette University, located in Salem, is a smaller school that offers a number of concentrations and majors.
Independence Attractions and Special Events
Independence residents enjoy living in such a fertile river valley. The area is rich with many of Oregon's finest vineyards, which makes it easy for locals to enjoy the fruits - literally - of their area.
Polk County also has a number of hiking, camping, and outdoor recreation opportunities. Residents can travel south to enjoy the Siuslaw National Forest, or travel west to arrive at the Pacific Ocean in a little more than one hour.
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