Topeka, KS

Topeka profile

Living in Topeka

Topeka is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 126,587 people and 42 constituent neighborhoods, Topeka is the fifth largest community in Kansas.

Unlike some cities, Topeka isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Topeka are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Topeka is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Topeka who work in office and administrative support (12.72%), sales jobs (8.72%), and management occupations (7.34%).

Also of interest is that Topeka has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Topeka spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.91 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The overall education level of Topeka is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.51% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Topeka in 2018 was $28,420, which is middle income relative to Kansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $113,680 for a family of four. However, Topeka contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Topeka is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. 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, followed by Black or African-American. Topeka also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.28% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Topeka include German, English, Irish, European, and French.

The most common language spoken in Topeka is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.