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Topeka, Kansas - Basic Facts

The City of Topeka is the 5th largest city in Kansas with a population of 129,163 as of July 1, 2016. Topeka ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Kansas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Topeka is located at latitude 39.0347 and longitude -95.6948 in Shawnee County. The formal boundaries for the City of Topeka (see map below) encompass a land area of 60.86 sq. miles and a water area of 1.3 sq. miles. Shawnee County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 948 feet.

The City of Topeka (GNIS ID: 485655) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Topeka population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Topeka: Google, Mid-Continent, Pomme de Terre, Too Beega, Topage, Topeca, To-pe-ka, To-poo-ka.

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Topeka, KS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 129,163
Population in Households 125,079
Population in Familes 92,889
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,084
Population Density1 2,122
Diversity Index2 57


Total Households 54,056
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 30,763
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 60,177 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 30,586 (50.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 23,470 (39.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,121 (10.2%)
Median Home Value $97,959
Average Home Value $126,171


Median Household Income $42,645
Average Household Income $58,632
Per Capita Income $25,037
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.21% 0.17%
Households 0.03% 0.06%
Families 0.03% -0.01%
Median Household Income   0.54%
Per Capita Income   1.37%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Topeka, KS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Topeka to the other 671 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 5 99th
Population Density1 # 35 95th
Diversity Index2 # 32 95th
Median Household Income # 452 33rd
Per Capita Income # 327 51st

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