A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$99,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$724
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%

Topeka Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    308
    283
  • Murder
    13
    6
  • Rape
    73
    41
  • Robbery
    195
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    876
    500
  • Theft
    4,110
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    635
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$43,740
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%
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Topeka has several options for many age groups. There are family centered activities as well as singles, young married, and more mature adults through Parks and Rec, the Topeka Public Library, NOTO district, a few bars, some great local restaurants that are always recommended by Topeka residents. Topeka has really stepped up their game and added monthly art walks, food truck rallies, spruced up the downtown curb appeal, and includes many new, fun activities to the calendar. Also, it's in a great location! Topeka is just 45 minutes from Manhattan, 30 minutes from Lawrence, and 1 hour from Kansas City. So, without the big city living, it's just a quick drive to many more adventures like college sporting events, concerts, date nights, and friend outings to keep life interesting.
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Crime and central city blight are the main drawbacks. Crime is much higher than national average. The bright side is that real estate prices are consequently considerably cheaper than the national average. Downtown Kansas avenue has recently undergone a first class renovation, however the most blighted and dangerous area is nearby and apparently with no plans to address the negative impact on Kansas Avenue renovation. City business leaders do not seem to be very invested or interested in the overall physical condition and appearance of our city. The town has great potential with its historic buildings and homes but looks a little "tired", consequently, and families generally avoid the central core on weekends and evenings.
I like that Topeka is the perfect size we have downtown, wannamaker, noto, lake shawnee and oakland. However I would like for topeka to have more tourist options because if I was visiting I would have no clue what to do. I am so happy that changes are being made in the community so we can all come together as one!