What you need to know about Topeka, KS

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.

Top 10 Affordable Places to Live 2015
Best Things to Do in Topeka, KS
Gage Park, theater, lake, eateries head the list
Planned Communities and Downtown Living in Topeka, KS
Topeka is a down-home kind of town with a fresh, upscale face.

Population

127,660
Up by 3.63%
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Kansas State House in Topeka.
Why Topeka, KS is a Great Place to Live
Kansas River, good schools, pro-business climate are big contributors

Nearby Cities

Kansas State House in Topeka.
8 Top Employers in Topeka, KS
Government, health, retail, manufacturing are major sectors
A young brown-haired woman kisses a statue of a frog at the Topeka Zoo.
Best Things to Do in Topeka, KS
Gage Park, theater, lake, eateries head the list

Housing

Homes Owned 56.79%
56.79% Complete
Homes Rented 43.21%
43.21% Complete

Real Estate

In Topeka, Kansas


Ready to move to Topeka? There are a variety of housing options in the area. Click below to learn about the recent trends, average home values and even a few current real estate listings in Topeka.
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Best Restaurants in Topeka, KS
Eating an authentic Kansas meal in the capital city of Topeka means eating a steak, plain and simple.

Median Home Price

$95,400
Lower than the state average

Schools

In Topeka, Kansas


The quality of a school district is often a top factor for parents considering where to live. Strong school systems attract new residents and help their cities prosper. See how Topeka rates.

Median Household Income

$41,412
Lower than the national average

Business

In Topeka, Kansas


Being a great place to live and being a great place to work often go hand-in-hand. Here’s what the business and employment climate is like in Topeka.

Residents

Most residents are
5-17 Years old

Health

In Topeka, Kansas


Access to quality hospitals, doctors and health-care providers is just part of what makes a healthy community. Here’s how to get and stay healthy in Topeka.

Education

Bachelor’s Degree 28%
28% Complete
Graduated High School 89%
89% Complete

Topeka, KS's Rankings

Top 10 Affordable Places to Live 2015

More About Topeka, KS

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Support for those who served is strong in these cities
Why Topeka, KS is a Great Place to Live
Kansas River, good schools, pro-business climate are big contributors
8 Top Employers in Topeka, KS
Government, health, retail, manufacturing are major sectors
Best Things to Do in Topeka, KS
Gage Park, theater, lake, eateries head the list
Best Restaurants in Topeka, KS
Eating an authentic Kansas meal in the capital city of Topeka means eating a steak, plain and simple.
Planned Communities and Downtown Living in Topeka, KS
Topeka is a down-home kind of town with a fresh, upscale face.