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Topeka, Kansas - Basic Facts

The City of Topeka is the 5th largest city in Kansas with a population of 126,999 as of July 1, 2019. 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 39.0483 and longitude -95.678 in Shawnee County. The formal boundaries for the City of Topeka 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, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Topeka, KS Housing Affordability Index is 187
State of Kansas Housing Affordability Index is 158
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Topeka, KS Wealth Index is 61
State of Kansas Wealth Index is 85
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 126,999
Population in Households 122,914
Population in Families 90,808
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,085
Population Density 2,067
Diversity Index1 58
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $50,066
Average Household Income $63,042
Per Capita Income $26,643
Wealth Index3 61

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 60,336 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 33,925 (56.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 19,796 (32.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,616 (11.0%)
Median Home Value $117,332
Housing Affordability Index2 187
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 53,720
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 30,354
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. 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.
  2. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  3. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population -0.05% -0.17%
Households -0.05% -0.17%
Families -0.14% -0.26%
Median Household Income   1.77%
Per Capita Income   2.5%

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, 2019 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 # 33 95th
Diversity Index # 37 95th
Median Household Income # 365 46th
Per Capita Income # 317 53rd

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