Independence is a suburban city in Kenton County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 14,982 at the 2000 census and estimated to be 22,105 in 2009. It is one of two county seats of Kenton County . In 1840, Kenton County, Kentucky was formed from a large portion of Campbell County as well as a small portion of Boone County, named after pioneer Simon Kenton, who had helped explore the territory. The city of Independence was incorporated in 1842 to be the county seat of Kenton County, having been determined to be the geographical center of the newly-formed county, and was named to mark the independence of Kenton County from Campbell County. The current mayor of Independence is Chris Moriconi.
Independence is located at 38°57′13″N 84°32′49″W / 38.95361°N 84.54694°W / 38.95361; -84.54694 (38.953668, -84.546990).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.8 square miles (43.5 km²), of which, 16.8 square miles (43.4 km²) of it is land and 0.06% is water.