Economic Development


The strength of the Independence business community lies in its easy access to high quality labor force. Independence companies have access to approximately 148,000 workers with in a 10 minute drive of the City. Approximately 30% of the labor force has a post-high school degree, higher than the Kansas City average. Manufacturing, health, education, social services, and retail trades employ the majority of workers.

For more information on the workforce of Independence and Eastern Jackson County please view the Eastern Jackson County Wage and Benefit Study.

Independence’s Major Employers

  • Burd and Fletcher
  • Centerpoint Medical Center
  • City of Independence
  • Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Government Employees Hospital Association
  • Independence School District
  • Olin Winchester
  • Phoenix Home Health
  • The Groves Retirement Center
  • Unilever