Quality of Life

Tourist attractions:
Topeka is home to several area attractions—the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, the Kansas state capitol building, the Kansas Museum of History, the Brown v. Board of Education Historic Site & Museum and the Topeka Zoo. Heartland Park hosts several national and local NHRA races each year, and the Kansas Expocentre hosts a variety of concerts, sporting events and shows. Outdoor enthusiasts love Lake Shawnee, Gage Park and the miles of trails around Shawnee County.

Shops & restaurants:
Topeka has a wide variety of shopping and dining options available, with a mix of national chains and local favorites.

House prices
Median selling price (Source: Coldwellbanker, 2012): $99,638
Average selling price (January 2011): $91,250
Source: Topeka Area Association of Realtors

Universities:
Because of its location, the city is located in the heart of the Kansas knowledge corridor, with four universities in a 60-mile radius—The University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Emporia State University, and Washburn University. These universities have a combined enrollment of approximately 60,000 and an average graduation rate of more than 12,000 students per year. With many of these students remaining in the area, the city’s workforce is able to exceed national trends with 90.2% of Shawnee County’s population age 25 or older having a high-school equivalent or higher education (compared to 85.9% nationally*) and 36% of the population in the area holding a Bachelor’s degree or higher (compared to 27.5% nationally). Topeka is also home to the Washburn Institute of Technology, which offers a premier industrial maintenance program through its Industrial Maintenance Center of Excellence. The school also offers comprehensive education and training for many different sectors.

*source: American Community Survey