Topeka is a very small town located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 1,203 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Topeka is the 289th largest community in Indiana. Topeka has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Topeka real estate is some of the most expensive in Indiana, although Topeka house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
When you are in Topeka, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 53.62% of Topeka’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Topeka is a town of production and manufacturing workers, transportation and shipping workers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Topeka who work in sales jobs (8.37%), healthcare (7.69%), and office and administrative support (6.33%).
Topeka’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.
Topeka is very much a car-oriented town. This is because the population of Topeka isn't large enough or dense enough to support an extensive public transit system. It has a lot of rural roads, and the distance between houses can be quite large, which together tends to discourage walking and bicycling to work. 61.94% of residents commute to work in their own car (and the drive is typically to a job out of town). People also tend to drive out of town for other services as well, such as shopping, doctors appointments, and more.
Being a small town, Topeka does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
In Topeka, just 9.13% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.
The per capita income in Topeka in 2010 was $17,057, which is low income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $68,228 for a family of four.
Topeka is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Topeka home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Topeka residents report their race to be White. Important ancestries of people in Topeka include Swiss, European, Irish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Topeka is English. Other important languages spoken here include German/Yiddish and West Germanic languages.