Topeka, KS
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Topeka is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 127,265 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, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Topeka who work in office and administrative support (16.12%), sales jobs (8.53%), and management occupations (7.69%).

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.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.11 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Topeka is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.41% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Topeka in 2010 was $24,228, 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 $96,912 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 13.78% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Topeka include Irish, English, Swedish, and French .

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