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Raw data sources: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.
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With a population of 127,265, 52,711 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $103,967, house prices in Topeka are solidly below the national average.
Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Topeka, accounting for 64.94% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Topeka include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 20.90%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 6.51%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 4.66%).
People in Topeka primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Topeka has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.
At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Topeka's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 39.57% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Topeka include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 33.82%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 18.05%). There's also some housing in Topeka built between 2000 and later ( 8.55%).
Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Topeka. Fully 11.55% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Topeka homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Topeka real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.
Appreciation rates for homes in Topeka have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 2.40%, which ranks in the top 50% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Topeka house appreciation rate of 0.24%.
Over the last year, Topeka appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Topeka's appreciation rate has been 3.22%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Topeka were at 5.65%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 24.59%.
Importantly, NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive research found that Topeka's housing market shows one of the <a href="/blog/highest-appreciating-cities">top real estate appreciation rates in the U.S.A.</a> in the latest quarter, which may signal the city’s near-future real estate investment strength.
Relative to Kansas, our data show that Topeka's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 50% of the other cities and towns in Kansas.
One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Topeka differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Topeka - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Topeka real estate investment or home purchase decisions.
|$809,001 - $1,079,000||0.3|
|$540,001 - $809,000||0.4|
|$432,001 - $540,000||0.9|
|$324,001 - $432,000||1.5|
|$216,001 - $324,000||7.3|
|$108,001 - $216,000||32.6|
|$54,001 - $108,000||38.9|
|$0 - $54,000||17.9|
|Value Relative to Nation||Value Relative to State|
|Time Period||Total Appreciation||Avg. Annual Rate||
2017 Q1 - 2017 Q2
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q2 - 2017 Q2
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q2 - 2017 Q2
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q2
|* 10 is highest|
|AGE OF Topeka HOMES|
|2000 or Newer||8.6|
|1970 - 1999||33.8|
|1940 - 1969||39.6|
|1939 or Older||18.1|
|TYPE OF Topeka HOMES|
|Small Apt. Buildings||6.5|
|SIZE OF Topeka HOMES|
|5 or more bedrooms||2.85|