Topeka, KS

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
232,995
0.183% 1-year decline
US Senator
Jerry Moran
Republican Party
US Senator
Roger Marshall
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
40
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
11.7%
2.54% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$65,665
6.64% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$161,700
12.8% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
111,091
0.513% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Topeka, KS had a population of 233k people with a median age of 40 and a median household income of $65,665. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Topeka, KS declined from 233,423 to 232,995, a −0.183% decrease and its median household income grew from $61,574 to $65,665, a 6.64% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Topeka, KS are White (Non-Hispanic) (76.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.13%), White (Hispanic) (4.72%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.11%), and Other (Hispanic) (3.05%).

None of the households in Topeka, KS reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.8% of the residents in Topeka, KS are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Topeka, KS are Washburn University (1,489 degrees awarded in 2022), Washburn Institute of Technology (891 degrees), and Rasmussen University-Kansas (336 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Topeka, KS was $161,700, and the homeownership rate was 70%.

Most people in Topeka, KS drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Topeka, KS was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Topeka, KS is home to a population of 233k people, from which 97.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.57% of Topeka, KS residents were born outside of the country (8.33k people).

In 2022, there were 12.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (178k people) in Topeka, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 14.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 11k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.8%
2022 Citizenship
98%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.8% of Topeka, KS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Topeka, KS was 98%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Topeka, KS
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    178k ± 518
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    14.3k ± 717
  3. White (Hispanic)
    11k ± 941
11.1%
Hispanic Population
25.8k people

In 2022, there were 12.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (178k people) in Topeka, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 14.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 11k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

11.1% of the people in Topeka, KS are hispanic (25.8k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Topeka, KS as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    82,300 ± 6,944 people
  2. India
    14,639 ± 2,963 people
  3. Vietnam
    10,989 ± 2,569 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kansas was Mexico, the natal country of 82,300 Kansas residents, followed by India with 14,639 and Vietnam with 10,989.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.57%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
8.33k people
3.42%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
7.99k people

As of 2022, 3.57% of Topeka, KS residents (8.33k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Topeka, KS was 3.42%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    5,894 ± 524
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,516 ± 465
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,150 ± 312

Topeka, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.68 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Topeka, KS employs 111k people. The largest industries in Topeka, KS are Health Care & Social Assistance (17,473 people), Manufacturing (10,834 people), and Retail Trade (10,350 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($91,591), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($61,237), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($59,948).

Males in Kansas have an average income that is 1.39 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,429. The income inequality in Kansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

111k
2022 Value
± 2,391
−0.513%
1 Year decline
± 3.04%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Topeka, KS declined at a rate of −0.513%, from 112k employees to 111k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Topeka, KS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (13,148 people), Management Occupations (10,391 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (8,906 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Topeka, KS.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

111k
2022 Value
± 2,391
−0.513%
1 Year decline
± 3.04%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Topeka, KS declined at a rate of −0.513%, from 112k employees to 111k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Topeka, KS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (17,473 people), Manufacturing (10,834 people), and Retail Trade (10,350 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Topeka, KS, though some of these residents may live in Topeka, KS and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$49,308
Median earning men ± $1,101
$38,001
Median earning women ± $1,228

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($66,149), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($64,017), and Information ($60,462).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($52,460), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($51,825), and Public Administration ($47,532).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.11%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.44M people employed in Kansas. This represents a 3.11% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Kansas.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,762
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,574
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 1,041
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Kansas went to Donald J. Trump with 56.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (41.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.23%).

Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall are the senators currently representing the state of Kansas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Kansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Kansas

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Jerry Moran
Senator from Kansas3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Roger Marshall
Senator from Kansas2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall are the senators currently representing Kansas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Kansas

Kansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Kansas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Topeka, KS awarded 2,738 degrees. The student population of Topeka, KS in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 2,802 male students and 4,447 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Topeka, KS are White (1,523 and 56.9%), followed by Unknown (563 and 21%), Hispanic or Latino (298 and 11.1%), and Black or African American (150 and 5.6%).

The largest universities in Topeka, KS by number of degrees awarded are Washburn University (1,489 and 54.4%), Washburn Institute of Technology (891 and 32.5%), and Rasmussen University-Kansas (336 and 12.3%).

The most popular majors in Topeka, KS are Registered Nursing (354 and 12.9%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (198 and 7.23%), and Law (114 and 4.16%).

The median tuition cost in Topeka, KS for a public four year colleges is $9,016 for in-state students and $20,020 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

Measure

In 2022 in Topeka, KS, the percentage of applicants admitted was 42%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 89.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 7,249 (38.7% men and 61.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 7,249 students enrolled in Topeka, KS, 38.7% men and 61.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 4,361 records, of which 60.7% were women and 39.3% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 48 degrees awarded
  2. 187 degrees awarded
  3. 52 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Topeka, KS was General Health & Physical Education with 48 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Topeka, KS according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,489 degrees awarded
  2. 891 degrees awarded
  3. 336 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Washburn University with 1,489 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 1,052 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Topeka, KS, which is 0.624 times less than the 1,686 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,523 degrees mean that there were 2.71 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 563 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Private for-profit, 4-year or above ($12,043) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,915) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, less-than 2-year ($1,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.872% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.778% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (605k), Some college (553k), and Bachelors Degree (450k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Topeka, KS was $161,700 in 2022, which is 0.574 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $143,400 to $161,700, a 12.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Topeka, KS is 70%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Topeka, KS have an average commute time of 20.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Topeka, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Topeka, KS is $65,665. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Topeka, KS was Johnson County, KS with a value of $103,644, followed by Miami County, KS and Pottawatomie County, KS, with respective values of $85,564 and $85,241.

Property

$161,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,146
$66,993
Median Property Taxes
±$1,792

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Topeka, KS the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

70%
Homeownership
2022
61.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 70% of the housing units in Topeka, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Topeka, KS was Johnson County, KS with a value of $103,644, followed by Miami County, KS and Pottawatomie County, KS, with respective values of $85,564 and $85,241.

The following map shows all of the counties in Topeka, KS colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$65,665
Median Household Income
± $2,167
95.7k
Number of Households
± 2,246

In 2022, the median household income of the 95.7k households in Topeka, KS grew to $65,665 from the previous year's value of $61,574.

The following chart displays the households in Topeka, KS distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Topeka, KS is from Kansas.
0.462
2022 Wage GINI in Kansas
0.46
2021 Wage GINI in Kansas

In 2022, the income inequality in Kansas was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.512% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Kansas was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Kansas in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (78.6%)
  2. Carpooled (9.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.82%)

In 2022, 78.6% of workers in Topeka, KS drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.4%) and those who worked at home (8.82%).

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Commute Time

20.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Topeka, KS have a shorter commute time (20.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.49% of the workforce in Topeka, KS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Topeka, KS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Topeka, KS have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Topeka, KS (26.7k out of 228k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Topeka, KS is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

91.9% of the population of Topeka, KS has health coverage, with 51.7% on employee plans, 11.2% on Medicaid, 13.5% on Medicare, 13.7% on non-group plans, and 1.87% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Kansas see 1271 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.548% decrease from the previous year (1278 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1630 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 467 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,271 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Kansas

Primary care physicians in Kansas see an average of 1,271 patients per year. This represents a 0.548% decrease from the previous year (1,278 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.8% under 18 years, 18.9% between 18 and 34 years, 37.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.8% were men and 51.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.05%
Uninsured
51.7%
Employer Coverage
11.2%
Medicaid
13.5%
Medicare
13.7%
Non-Group
1.87%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Topeka, KS grew by 5.73% from 7.62% to 8.05%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Topeka, KS changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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