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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Median rent in Topeka, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $395. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $779.
Libraries in Topeka include Kansas State Library, Topeka Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Topeka include Topeka Capital-Journal
TV stations in Topeka include KSNT, KTKA, KTWU, WIBW.
Shawnee County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Topeka political report.
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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