Topeka is a medium-size city in Kansas with approximately 126,000 residents. The city's population, at an average age of just under 39, is younger than most cities in Kansas. Renters tend to be in the minority in Topeka, and 58% of residents own their homes. The average rent of $804 a month is just below the state average.
Compared to the national average, Topeka has a relatively large number of residents over the age of 25 who possess a high school degree or GED (21%). Furthermore, 12% possess a Bachelor's degree and 6% have a Master's degree or Doctorate. There are two primary industries in Topeka: healthcare and retail. Together, these industries account for 14% of the labor force in the city. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many of the city's residents work in sales, which ranks as the top career path in the city. With an average annual income of about $58,000, Topeka workers take home less than their peers elsewhere in Kansas. Topeka's average income also falls below the national average ($73,345).
With an average commute time of about 19 minutes, outperforming most cities in the state, Topeka residents have found that it isn't overly time-consuming to travel to work. Many residents (43%) commute to work by car, while public transit isn't extensively used. Walking isn't a common method of commuting to work.
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