Independence is one of the largest cities in the state of Missouri and it is also the county seat of Jackson County. Strangely enough, a small part of the city also is located in Clay County, although Independence is legally recognized as part of Jackson County. Also known as the “Queen City of Trails,” Independence is the home of former President Harry Truman and his Presidential library is housed there. The city had 116,830 people as of 2010.
Independence has multiple transportation choices for residents and visitors. These options include major highways such as Interstates 70, 470, and 435, US Routes 40 and 24, and State Routes 7, 12, 78, and 291. The city has its own Amtrak station that serves its rail needs and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, or KCATA for short, governs the bus system. Most residents of Independence get around via their own cars, but the public transportation system is highly valued by the locals.