Independence is situated in the Willamette Valley two miles east of Monmouth, and lies southwest of Salem along Hwy 51 and the banks of the Willamette River.
Independence was founded by pioneers who migrated from Independence, Missouri. It was named by Mrs. Thomas Burbank, wife of one of the earliest pioneers, who settled two miles south of the city.
Today's residents of Independence make their livings as business people, educators, farmers and loggers. As in days past, agriculture and wood products continue to be major forces in the economy. Fruit and nut orchards, vineyards, grass and grain fields are mixed among the Christmas trees and livestock farms. There are still many family members living here whose families migrated to the "Land at Eden's Gate" as early as 1844.
There is also an Independence, Virginia.
Independence is part of the Salem, Oregon metro area.