Topeka KS

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Topeka, KS Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q3 2020. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2018 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more about Scout's Real Estate Data

Topeka Housing Market Information

With a population of 125,310, 53,312 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $102,643, 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 65.66% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Topeka include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 20.71%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 6.49%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 4.43%).

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 38.83% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Topeka include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 34.51%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 18.44%). There's also some housing in Topeka built between 2000 and later ( 8.22%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Topeka. Fully 11.45% 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.

Topeka Home Appreciation Rates

Topeka's appreciation rate notably has been below the national average for the last ten years. The average annual home appreciation rate in Topeka during the period has been just 1.66%, which is lower than 70% of US communities.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Topeka that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Topeka real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Topeka appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 5.83%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 85.02% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Topeka. Topeka appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.29%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 5.28%.

Relative to Kansas, our data show that Topeka's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 90% 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.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,165,000 0.3
$874,001 - $1,165,000 0.1
$582,001 - $874,000 0.4
$466,001 - $582,000 0.6
$349,001 - $466,000 1.8
$233,001 - $349,000 7.3
$116,001 - $233,000 35.1
$58,001 - $116,000 37.1
$0 - $58,000 17.2

Low for KS
Very Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
85.0686131386861 65.3710247349823

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Topeka Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2020 Q2 - 2020 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2019 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2018 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2015 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2010 Q3 - 2020 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2020 Q3
43.04% 1.74%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$938 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 54.55
Renters 45.45
Vacant 11.45

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 8.2
1970 - 1999 34.5
1940 - 1969 38.8
1939 or Older 18.4

Types of Homes

Single-Family 65.7
Townhomes 4.4
Small Apt. Buildings 6.5
Apt. Complexes 20.7
Mobile Homes 2.7
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 6.81
1 Bedroom 12.35
2 Bedrooms 29.64
3 Bedrooms 36.87
4 Bedrooms 11.64
5 or more bedrooms 2.70