Owens Valley Unified School District is located in the town of Independence, California and covers approximately 792 square miles of Inyo County. Independence is the county seat of Inyo County, a vast and rural county with an average of 1.8 persons per square mile. Independence is located in the Owens Valley below the majestic Sierra Nevada to the west and the Inyo Mountains to the East. It is connected to the Southern California, to the south and to Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, and Reno to the north by U.S. Highway 395. The economic base of the community is formed by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Inyo County Administrative and Criminal Justice offices, California Department of Fish and Game, California Highway Department, National Park Service, Ranches and small business formed to provide services to residents and tourists. The average incomes of Independence families tend to be modest. The community of Independence has experienced a decline of young families and school age children over the past three decades. Much of the housing in the community is being purchased by retired individuals and individuals wanting a weekend home away from the Los Angeles area. This has caused a decline in the affordable housing available to young families. Post-secondary opportunities for students are limited in the area, and Owens Valley High School is committed to preparing students for opportunities both local and outside the area.