Topeka, KS

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
232,248
0.228% 1-year decline
US Senator
Jerry Moran
Republican Party
US Senator
Roger Marshall
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
40
0.251% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
10.7%
4.27% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$59,815
3.84% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$137,900
3.06% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
111,589
0.373% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Topeka, KS had a population of 232k people with a median age of 40 and a median household income of $59,815. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Topeka, KS declined from 232,778 to 232,248, a −0.228% decrease and its median household income grew from $57,603 to $59,815, a 3.84% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Topeka, KS are White (Non-Hispanic) (77.2%), White (Hispanic) (6.52%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.22%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.36%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.26%).

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.

98.1% of the residents in Topeka, KS are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Topeka, KS are Washburn University (1,612 degrees awarded in 2020), Washburn Institute of Technology (940 degrees), and Rasmussen University-Kansas (284 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Topeka, KS was $137,900, and the homeownership rate was 69.4%.

Most people in Topeka, KS drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Topeka, KS was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Topeka, KS is home to a population of 232k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2018, 3.3% of Topeka, KS residents were born outside of the country (7.7k people).

In 2020, there were 11.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (179k people) in Topeka, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 15.1k White (Hispanic) and 14.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.1%
2020 Citizenship
98.1%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 98.1% of Topeka, KS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Topeka, KS was 98.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Topeka, KS
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    179k ± 480
  2. White (Hispanic)
    15.1k ± 1.02k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    14.4k ± 697
10.5%
Hispanic Population
24.5k people

In 2020, there were 11.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (179k people) in Topeka, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 15.1k White (Hispanic) and 14.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

10.5% of the people in Topeka, KS are hispanic (24.5k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    82,530 ± 6,952 people
  2. India
    13,550 ± 2,851 people
  3. Vietnam
    10,869 ± 2,555 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kansas was Mexico, the natal country of 82,530 Kansas residents, followed by India with 13,550 and Vietnam with 10,869.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.3%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
7.7k people
3.41%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
7.96k people

As of 2018, 3.3% of Topeka, KS residents (7.7k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Topeka, KS was 3.41%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    6,389 ± 420
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,963 ± 379
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,255 ± 301

Topeka, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.16 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Topeka, KS employs 112k people. The largest industries in Topeka, KS are Health Care & Social Assistance (17,194 people), Manufacturing (11,901 people), and Educational Services (10,876 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($84,020), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($70,972), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,908).

Males in Kansas have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,975. The income inequality in Kansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

112k
2020 Value
± 2,289
−0.373%
1 Year decline
± 2.78%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Topeka, KS declined at a rate of −0.373%, from 112k employees to 112k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Topeka, KS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (14,287 people), Management Occupations (9,881 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (9,309 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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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Kansas (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industries

112k
2020 Value
± 2,289
−0.373%
1 Year decline
± 2.78%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Topeka, KS declined at a rate of −0.373%, from 112k employees to 112k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Topeka, KS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (17,194 people), Manufacturing (11,901 people), and Educational Services (10,876 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

$43,712
Median earning men ± $828
$33,188
Median earning women ± $978

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($62,168), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($55,060), and Wholesale Trade ($54,690).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($47,988), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($44,959), and Public Administration ($43,039).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Kansas. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $1.96M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $1.33M
    Manufacturing
  3. $1.26M
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Kansas to other states, or from other states to Kansas.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $20.2B
  2. $16.7B
  3. $13.8B

In 2020, the top outbound Kansas product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $20.2B, followed by Meat/seafood ($16.7B) and Live animals/fish ($13.8B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Kansas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$229B
2020 Value in Kansas
$406B
Projected 2050 Value in Kansas
76.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound Kansas trade was $229B. This is expected to increase 76.8% to $406B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Kansas trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Kansas to other states, or from other states to Kansas.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $20.1B
  2. $14.7B
  3. $14.6B

In 2020, the top outbound Kansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Missouri with $20.1B, followed by Nebraska with $14.7B and Texas and $14.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Kansas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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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.

The following chart shows elected senators in Kansas over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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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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In 2020, universities in Topeka, KS awarded 2,844 degrees. The student population of Topeka, KS in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 3,002 male students and 4,709 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Topeka, KS are White (1,649 and 59.3%), followed by Unknown (551 and 19.8%), Hispanic or Latino (265 and 9.53%), and Black or African American (151 and 5.43%).

The largest universities in Topeka, KS by number of degrees awarded are Washburn University (1,612 and 56.7%), Washburn Institute of Technology (940 and 33.1%), and Rasmussen University-Kansas (284 and 9.99%).

The most popular majors in Topeka, KS are Registered Nursing (305 and 10.7%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (131 and 4.61%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (123 and 4.32%).

The median tuition cost in Topeka, KS for a public four year colleges is $8,652 for in-state students and $19,656 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

Measure

In 2020 in Topeka, KS, the percentage of applicants admitted was 40.8%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 79.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 7,711 (38.9% men and 61.1% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2020 there were 7,711 students enrolled in Topeka, KS, 38.9% men and 61.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 4,224 records, of which 62% were women and 38% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 44 degree-majors awarded
  2. 183 degree-majors awarded
  3. 76 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Topeka, KS was General Marketing & Marketing Management with 44 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. 1,612 degrees awarded
  2. 940 degrees awarded
  3. 284 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Washburn University with 1,612 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2020, 1,115 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Topeka, KS, which is 0.645 times less than the 1,729 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,649 degrees mean that there were 2.99 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 551 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 ($11,369) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Private for-profit, 4-year or above ($2,009) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

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

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.711% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.659% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (593k), Some college (554k), and Bachelors Degree (440k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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The median property value in Topeka, KS was $137,900 in 2020, which is 0.6 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $133,800 to $137,900, a 3.06% increase. The homeownership rate in Topeka, KS is 69.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Topeka, KS have an average commute time of 20.6 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 $59,815. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Topeka, KS was Johnson County, KS with a value of $91,650, followed by Leavenworth County, KS and Miami County, KS, with respective values of $76,307 and $75,635.

Property

$137,900
Median Property Value 2020
±$2,976
$66,203
Median Property Taxes
±$1,702

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 $2k - $3k range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Topeka, KS compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

69.4%
Homeownership
2020
62.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 69.4% of the housing units in Topeka, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Topeka, KS was Johnson County, KS with a value of $91,650, followed by Leavenworth County, KS and Miami County, KS, with respective values of $76,307 and $75,635.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$59,815
Median Household Income
± $1,458
95.4k
Number of Households
± 2,278

In 2020, the median household income of the 95.4k households in Topeka, KS grew to $59,815 from the previous year's value of $57,603.

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.
0.457
2020 Wage GINI in Kansas
0.458
2019 Wage GINI in Kansas

In 2020, the income inequality in Kansas was 0.457 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.19% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more 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 2020
  1. Drove Alone (81%)
  2. Carpooled (10.1%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.3%)

In 2020, 81% of workers in Topeka, KS drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.1%) and those who worked at home (5.3%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

20.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Topeka, KS have a shorter commute time (20.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.24% 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

10.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Topeka, KS (24.2k out of 227k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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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92.7% of the population of Topeka, KS has health coverage, with 52.8% on employee plans, 10.5% on Medicaid, 12.7% on Medicare, 14.8% on non-group plans, and 2.03% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Kansas was $7,651 in 2014. This is a 2.99% increase from the previous year ($7,429).

Primary care physicians in Kansas see 1278 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.31% decrease from the previous year (1295 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1661 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 489 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Kansas, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,278 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Kansas

Primary care physicians in Kansas see an average of 1,278 patients per year. This represents a 1.31% decrease from the previous year (1,295 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kansas in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Kansas across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.1% under 18 years, 18.7% between 18 and 34 years, 38.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.5% were men and 51.5% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

7.25%
Uninsured
52.8%
Employer Coverage
10.5%
Medicaid
12.7%
Medicare
14.8%
Non-Group
2.03%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Topeka, KS grew by 7.08% from 6.77% to 7.25%.

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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