Topeka, KS Profile: Facts & Data


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Topeka, Kansas - Basic Facts

The City of Topeka is the 5th largest city in Kansas with a population of 128,310 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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, 2018)


Total Population 128,310
Population in Households 124,226
Population in Familes 92,382
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,084
Population Density2 2,108
Diversity Index3 57


Median Household Income $45,546
Average Household Income $63,090
Per Capita Income $27,037


Total Housing Units 60,327 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 32,603 (54.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 21,373 (35.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,352 (10.5%)
Median Home Value $105,784
Average Home Value $136,446


Total Households 53,975
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 30,432
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.08% 0.09%
Households 0.01% 0.05%
Families -0.11% -0.08%
Median Household Income   2.12%
Per Capita Income   2.53%

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, 2018 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 Density # 36 95th
Diversity Index # 38 94th
Median Household Income # 430 36th
Per Capita Income # 247 63rd

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