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Topeka is a city in Shawnee County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community name derives from Indian term translated as "potato place" or "noisy."
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Kansas named Topeka. For links to other places called Topeka, KS, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Topeka is 39.048N. The longitude is -95.677W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 945 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 122,008.


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Median household income
Local
$35,928
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Topeka demographic reports
Topeka is on the Kansas River.
Settled as a railroad stop in 1854.

One of the U.S. Supreme Court's most important decisions revolved around a local elementary schoolrefusing to admit a black student. The case, known as Brown vs. the Board of Education, overturned earlier rulings permitting racial segregation under "separate but equal" standards.

Public transportation: Topeka Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 728. The number of murders and homicides was 16. The violent crime rate was 5.9 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Gwendolyn Brooks, poet
· Annette Bening, actress
· Marilyn Schreffler, voice of Olive Oyl in Popeye cartoons
Local bands (past and present) have included Kansas
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Shawnee County Fair - July 26-29, 2007
  • Cider Days Fall Festival - Sept. 22-23, 2007
  • Apple Festival - Oct. 7, 2007
  • Sunflower Music Festival - June 8-16, 2007
  • Inter-Tribal Pow Wow - Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007
  • Kansas Film Festival - Feb. 24-25, 2007
  • Coleman Hawkins Festival - May 31-June 3, 2007
  • Fiesta Mexicana - July 10-14, 2007
  • Spirit of Kansas Festival - July 1-4, 2007
Dates often change. Check Topeka web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Topeka Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Dornwood Nature Trail, Orville Rice Nature Trails
Topeka attractions: Casino, Topeka Zoo, Gage Park Reinisch Rose Garden
Historic sites and museums: Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Kansas Museum of History, Mulvane Art Museum, Historic Ward-Meade Park & Botanical Gardens, Cedar Crest, Combat Air Museum, Great Overland Station
Colleges and universities: Washburn University, Topeka Technical College, Kaw Area Technical School
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 83

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Topeka demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Shawnee County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Topeka area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 66603 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

24% of Topeka residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Topeka ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Topeka was $19,555, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

25% of Topeka residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Topeka include Holliday Park Historic District II, Potwin Place Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Topeka, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $395.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $779.


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Libraries in Topeka include Kansas State Library, Topeka Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Topeka include Topeka Capital-Journal

TV stations in Topeka include KSNT, KTKA, KTWU, WIBW.

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Shawnee County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Topeka political report.

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The average commute time for Topeka workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 21 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Topeka between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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