Topeka is as diverse as any city in the Midwest. Downtown Topeka is experiencing an exciting revitalization, the history of Topeka is as unique as any from Bleeding Kansas to desegregation in Brown vs Topeka Board of Education. Exceptional educational opportunities abound in Auburn Washburn, Seaman, Shawnee Heights and Topeka Public schools.
The vibrant arts and culture found in our Topeka Civic Theater and Academy and NOTO art studios and monthly First Friday Art Walks are sure to entertain and inspire. Visit Topeka, Inc. provides a one stop shop for attractions, events, dining and more. So take a closer look and see why Topeka is the perfect place to call home.
Intellectual Capital. There are 60,000 university students within a 60-mile radius of Topeka. With Topeka’s own Washburn University flanked by University of Kansas to the east and Kansas State University to the west Topeka draws young talent to make up a diverse and highly skilled workforce. Washburn Institute of Technology provides specialized training for the manufacturers and businesses in the area.
Health Care. As the center for health care in northeast Kansas, our two general hospitals and five specialized hospitals provide highly ranked and innovative medical care and services.
Downtown Revitalization. The Capital District Project to revitalize downtown is more than just a fresh face on buildings and infrastructure. It’s an attitude that downtown is the place to be for events, parades, gatherings, meals and living. With over 30,000 people working in the downtown area daily, there’s opportunity for new businesses, retail, restaurants, events and so much more!
Business Incentives. The GO Topeka Economic Partnership, the City of Topeka and Shawnee County partner with the State of Kansas to offer robust incentives for businesses locating or expanding in Topeka and Shawnee County.
You won’t go wanting for variety when dining. Ethnic, BBQ, fine dining, local eateries and franchise options are all available for your pleasure.
Affordability. Topeka’s overall cost of living index is 91.7, more than 10 percent below the national urban area average, particularly in the housing market which is 83.8.
Livability. Just last year, Kiplinger Finance Magazine designated Topeka one of the top ten cities for the next decade. Neighborhoods, schools, civic and cultural activities, economic incentives and a WE CAN DO THAT attitude combine to make Topeka one of the best small metros in the United States.
Entrepreneurial Spirit. Entrepreneurs find acceptance and encouragement through programs sponsored by GO Topeka’s Entrepreneurial and Minority Women Business Development program and Washburn University’s School of Business. Specialized programs offer training and consultation for new and existing entrepreneurs.
Cultural Life. The arts are alive and well in Topeka with over 20 galleries, myriad performing and visual artists show casing their work during First Friday Art Walk events, to the NOTO Arts District that offers studio space and display opportunities in a collaborative environment.
Young Talent. Bright and energetic young professionals find a community ready to welcome their talents and involvement. The Fast Forward program through the Topeka Chamber is designed just for YP’s and offers educational, social, networking and philanthropic activities.