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Topeka, KS

Topeka is centrist with a conservative slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress
126,877
Topeka Population7
$
40,608
Median Income6
5.2
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

The population of Topeka that is 55 years and older grew by 16.1% since 2010, which is the city's fastest growing segment.

Age

36.9
Median Age7
0.6
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Topeka residents are mostly white and the city is slowly becoming less diverse as the white community has grown by 4.4% since 2010, while the Hispanic community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 16.8%

Race

76.1
%
Kansas Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Topeka is at a low risk for natural disasters. The most common disasters are volcanoes, volcanoes, and volcanoes.

Weather

27
%
Chance of Rain10
61
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature35

 

Housing

The average home value in Topeka increased by 11% since 2010 which is 32% lower than the national average and 16% lower than the state average

Rent

$
625
Monthly Average12
43
%
Renters36

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Topeka is a high tax location with income tax near the national average, but sales tax 33% higher than the national average and property tax 27% higher than the national average.

Other

1.41
%
Property Tax21
9.15
%
Sales Tax19
2.01
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)37

 

Employment

Topeka has a high employment rate of 95% which is 1% higher than the national average. The largest employers are Payless ShoeSource and Stormont Vail Health

Income

13.5
%
<$25,0006
5.9
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Topeka is centrist with a conservative slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress

2016 Presidential Election Results38

Representatives

Mayor27 Michelle De La Isla
Democratic
House of Representative27 Steve Watkins
Republican
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Adventhealth Ottawa, is 38.1 miles from the center of Topeka, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System - Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center, is 7.0 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Stormont Vail Hospital, is 4.5 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical28 No
Decriminalized28 No
 

Safety

In Kansas, 42.3% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a marginal decrease from 2000 when 46.9% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks29
No
Permit to Purchase Law29

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#76 2020 Best Cities to Retire by Niche30
#26 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades31
 

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