Topeka, KS

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Population

233,382

0.167% decline

Median Age

39.9


Median Household Income

$55,194

4.41% growth

Poverty Rate

12.4%


Number of Employees

110,692

0.422% growth

Median Property Value

$126,500

2.35% growth

About

In 2017, Topeka, KS had a population of 233k people with a median age of 39.9 and a median household income of $55,194. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Topeka, KS declined from 233,773 to 233,382, a -0.167% decrease and its median household income grew from $52,861 to $55,194, a 4.41% increase.

The population of Topeka, KS is 78.5% White Alone, 9.89% Hispanic or Latino, and 5.97% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Topeka, KS speak a non-English language, and 97.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Topeka, KS are Washburn University (1,431 degrees awarded in 2016), Washburn Institute of Technology (1,163 degrees), and Rasmussen College-Kansas (54 degrees).

The median property value in Topeka, KS is $126,500, and the homeownership rate is 68%. Most people in Topeka, KS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Topeka, KS is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Topeka, KS employs 111k people. The largest industries in Topeka, KS are Health Care & Social Assistance (17,967 people), Retail Trade (11,977 people), and Manufacturing (10,921 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($107,554), Utilities ($65,272), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,076).

Median household income in Topeka, KS is $55,194. Males in Topeka, KS have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,397. The income inequality in Topeka, KS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$55,194

2017 value

± $991

4.41%

1 Year Growth

± 2.63%

Households in Topeka, KS have a median annual income of $55,194, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,861 in 2016, which represents a 4.41% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,808

Average Male Salary

± $1,876

$43,397

Average Female Salary

± $1,361

In 2017, full-time male employees in Kansas made 1.4 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $49,738 ± $7,478

  2. White

    $46,915 ± $1,173

  3. American Indian

    $42,999 ± $12,605

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Kansas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.06 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Topeka, KS is from Kansas.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.462

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Kansas was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.417% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Kansas was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Kansas in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Topeka, KS was Johnson County, KS with a value of $82,855, followed by Leavenworth County, KS and Butler County, KS, with respective values of $70,920 and $64,149.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Topeka, KS (28.1k out of 228k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    21,263 ± 935

  2. Hispanic

    5,320 ± 498

  3. Black

    3,153 ± 406

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

111k

2017 Value

± 2,003

0.422%

1 Year growth

± 2.54%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Topeka, KS grew at a rate of 0.422%, from 110k employees to 111k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Topeka, KS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,317 people), Management Occupations (10,091 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (9,343 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Topeka, KS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Topeka, KS, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,317 people), Management Occupations (10,091 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (9,343 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Topeka, KS has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (1.24 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.23 times), and Production Occupations (1.22 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Topeka, KS, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($62,940), Legal Occupations ($60,185), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($58,131).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

111k

2017 Value

± 2,003

0.422%

1 Year growth

± 2.54%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Topeka, KS grew at a rate of 0.422%, from 110k employees to 111k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Topeka, KS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (17,967 people), Retail Trade (11,977 people), and Manufacturing (10,921 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Topeka, KS, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (17,967 people), Retail Trade (11,977 people), and Manufacturing (10,921 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Topeka, KS has an unusually high number of Utilities (2.09 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.83 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.37 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Topeka, KS, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($107,554), Utilities ($65,272), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,076).

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Domestic Trade

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. $27.8B

  2. $24.1B

  3. $22B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.8B, followed by Cereal grains ($24.1B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($22B).

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$245B

2015 Value

$357B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Kansas trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 46.1% to $357B by 2045.

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. $25.9B

  2. $18.4B

  3. $17.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Kansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Missouri with $25.9B, followed by Texas with $18.4B and Nebraska and $17.7B.

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

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Health

91.4% of the population of Topeka, KS has health coverage, with 51.8% on employee plans, 11.3% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 14.9% on non-group plans, and 2.03% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Topeka, KS see 1320 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.975% decrease from the previous year (1333 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1764 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 556 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Morris County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,320 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Kansas see an average of 1,320 patients per year. This represents a 0.975% decrease from the previous year (1,333 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,651

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,855

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,736

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,126

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Kansas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.99%, from $7,429 to $7,651.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.59%

Uninsured

51.8%

Employer Coverage

11.3%

Medicaid

11.4%

Medicare

14.9%

Non-Group

2.03%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Topeka, KS declined by 10.2% from 9.56% to 8.59%.

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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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.2% prevalence

  3. 14% prevalence

Allen County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Kansas, at 14.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Kansas by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Topeka, KS is home to a population of 233k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.41% of Topeka, KS residents were born outside of the country (7.96k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Topeka, KS is composed of 183k White Alone residents (78.5%), 23.1k Hispanic or Latino residents (9.89%), 13.9k Black or African American Alone residents (5.97%), 8.43k Two or More Races residents (3.61%), 2.31k Asian Alone residents (0.989%), 2.15k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.921%), 238 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.102%), and 108 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0463%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Topeka, KS are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Topeka, KS was 39.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Topeka, KS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Topeka, KS residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.41%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

7.96k people

3.54%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

8.27k people

As of 2017, 3.41% of Topeka, KS residents (7.96k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Topeka, KS was 3.54%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    85,360 ± 7,067 people

  2. India

    11,676 ± 2,648 people

  3. Vietnam

    10,096 ± 2,463 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Kansas was Mexico, the natal country of 85,360 Kansas residents, followed by India with 11,676 and Vietnam with 10,096.

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Citizenship

97.9%

2017 Citizenship

97.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.9% of Topeka, KS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Topeka, KS was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    183k ± 57

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    23.1k ± 1.21k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    13.9k ± 553

In 2017, there were 7.93 times more White Alone residents (183k people) in Topeka, KS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 23.1k Hispanic or Latino and 13.9k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Topeka, KS as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Topeka, KS citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Topeka, KS was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Topeka, KS are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    6,743 ± 376

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,618 ± 326

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,477 ± 295

Topeka, KS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.58 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Topeka, KS awarded 2,694 degrees. The student population of Topeka, KS is skewed towards women, with 3,569 male students and 4,821 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Topeka, KS are White (1,543 and 58%), followed by Unknown (696 and 26.2%), Hispanic or Latino (187 and 7.03%), and Black or African American (106 and 3.98%).

The largest universities in Topeka, KS by number of degrees awarded are Washburn University (1,431 and 53.1%), Washburn Institute of Technology (1,163 and 43.2%), and Rasmussen College-Kansas (54 and 2%).

The most popular majors in Topeka, KS are Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (318 and 11.8%), Registered Nursing (166 and 6.16%), and Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Technology (139 and 5.16%).

The median tuition costs in Topeka, KS are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,644 and $17,276 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 139 degrees awarded

  2. 42 degrees awarded

  3. 42 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Topeka, KS was Registered Nursing with 139 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

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,431 degrees awarded

  2. 1,163 degrees awarded

  3. 54 degrees awarded

$7,644

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Topeka, KS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Washburn University with 1,431 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

995

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,699

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 995 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Topeka, KS, which is 0.586 times less than the 1,699 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,543 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    696 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    187 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Topeka, KS were to White students. These 1,543 degrees mean that there were 2.22 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 696 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Topeka, KS was $126,500 in 2017, which is 0.581 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $123,600 to $126,500, a 2.35% increase. The homeownership rate in Topeka, KS is 68%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Topeka, KS have an average commute time of 19.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Topeka, KS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$55,194

Median Household Income

± $991

93.9k

Number of Households

± 1,720

In 2017, the median household income of the 93.9k households in Topeka, KS grew to $55,194 from the previous year's value of $52,861.

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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Housing

Property Value

$126,500

2017 Median

± $2,074

$123,600

2016 Median

± $1,987

In 2017, the median property value in Topeka, KS grew to to $126,500 from the previous year's value of $123,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Topeka, KS compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Topeka, KS the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Topeka, KS 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.

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Rent vs Own

68%

2017 Homeownership

67.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68% of the housing units in Topeka, KS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Topeka, KS compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

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, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

19.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Topeka, KS have a shorter commute time (19.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.5% of the workforce in Topeka, KS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83%

  2. Carpooled

    9.84%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.29%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Topeka, KS was Drove Alone (83%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.84%) and those who Worked At Home (3.29%).

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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