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Hispanic population fastest growing segment of Independence County, according to WRPDD stats

The fastest growing segment of Independence County’s population is Hispanic, according to stats from the White River Planning and Development District (WRPDD). The Hispanic population now stands at 5.8% of the county’s numbers.

There are 37,592 residents of Independence County. Ninety-one point nine percent are Caucasian or (white) totaling 33,688. There are 2,139 Hispanics, 722 African-Americans and very small numbers of Asians and other nationalities.

Women are older than men in Independence County on the average.  The median age of county males is 37.6 years. The average age of females is 40.3 years.

There are 10,009 households in the county with an average income of $37,592.

The number of county residents drawing some form of Social Security sits at 5,729 — that’s 15% of the population. The number of county residents drawing retirement income other than Social Security sits at 2,696 (6%).  

Together those numbers show that 21% of the county’s population live on either Social Security or a retirement income.

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