Topeka, KS: What you need to know
Located on the Kansas River, near the center of Shawnee County, Topeka provides its residents with an assortment of attractions, a stable economy, great schools and good health care. As the capital of Kansas, Topeka's top employer is state government, which provides jobs to about 8,400 people. Home to a variety of cultural institutions, Topeka's Combat Air Museum, the Topeka Zoo and the Kansas Children's Discovery Center draw thousands of visitors each year. Washburn University sports teams give Topeka residents plenty to cheer about. Downtown Topeka is filled with restaurants, shops and entertainment venues that host musical acts and live theater. Great Overland Station, a former railroad stop, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and along with Riverfront Park and the city's historic arts and entertainment district demonstrates the the city's commitment to historic preservation. Topeka's connection to the Civil Rights Movement includes the site of the famous Brown v Board of Education case, which ended segregation in public schools.

Topeka, KS City Profile

Quick Facts

Population 127,672
Median Age 37
Median Household Income $42,250
Median Home Price $96,500
Walkscore 33

Topeka, KS Rankings

Topeka , KS Real Estate

Kansas River, good schools, pro-business climate are big contributors

Topeka is a down-home kind of town with a fresh, upscale face.

Topeka , KS Health and Health Care

Topeka , KS Business and Economy

Government, health, retail, manufacturing are major sectors

Topeka, KS Demographics

Population By Gender

  Male 48%
  Female 52%

Total Employed Armed Forces: 94
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Median Population

Median Age 36.5%
Age 18 Over 75.9%
Age 21 Over 71.9%
Age 62 Over 18.5%
Age 65 Over 15.1%


  Ethnicity White 78.6%
  Ethnicity Black 10.3%
  Ethnicity Asian 1.3%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 13.8%
  Ethnicity Indian 1%
  Ethnicity Other 2.4%


  Median Household Income $42,250
  Median Home Price $96,500
  Homes Owned 43.6%
  Homes Rent 56.4%
  Median Property Rent $721


  English Only 89.6%
  English Other 10.4%

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Commute Types

  Walked 1.9%
  Worked at Home 2.5%
  Public Transportation 1%
  Other Means 1.6%
  Drove Alone 81.4%
  Carpooled 11.6%

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