Topeka, KS
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Topeka is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 126,587 people and 40 constituent neighborhoods, Topeka is the fourth largest community in Kansas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Topeka is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Topeka is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Topeka who work in office and administrative support (14.91%), sales jobs (8.92%), and management occupations (7.89%).

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.

One of the benefits of Topeka is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.75 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The overall education level of Topeka is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.17% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Topeka in 2010 was $26,048, which is upper middle income relative to Kansas, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $104,192 for a family of four. However, Topeka contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Topeka is a very 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 14.29% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Topeka include German, English, Irish, Swedish, and Italian.

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