Best Cities 2010: Topeka, KS

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Best Cities 2010: Topeka, KS

Topeka is the home of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

City: Topeka 

State: Kansas 

Best Cities Overall Rank: 23

About Topeka: Topeka is home of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

Topeka is a quiet, family oriented city. Some fun venues include the Kansas Museum of History and Reinisch Rose Garden and Doran Rock Garden. Cost of living is low and housing is affordable, especially compared to the surrounding areas. Those who drive to work will be pleasantly surprised by the rare traffic jams, which will ultimately mean more time to spend with your family and friends. Topeka’s largest employer is the State of Kansas; government workers make up one out of every five employed persons in the city.

County: Shawnee

Population: 123,446

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Topeka Capital Journal

Topeka blogs:

There’s More to the Story

A Moment with M.O.M.

Topeka‘s Facebook page: Follow Topeka on Facebook

Topeka‘s Twitter page: Follow Topeka on Twitter


Education rank: 44

High School graduation rate 2008: 79.59%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 0

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 2

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.62

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 267

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 11.4

Total Expenditures Per Student: $10,464


Health rank: 69

Quality children’s hospitals: 0

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 36

Violent Crimes, 2008: 609

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 493.33

Sex Offenders: 274

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 221.96


Economy rank: 25

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 17.19      

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 7.29    

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 409.32

Median Home List Price: $99,900                       


Recreation Rank:  48

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 1,690         

Parkland per 100,000: 1,369.02