The City of Topeka and its location in northeast Kansas offers residents all the benefits of living in a midsize, Midwestern city, while being just an hour's drive from the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. As the state capital of Kansas, Topeka is the center of many statewide civic and government activities.
Topeka is the third largest city in Kansas with a population of approximately 124,000 people. A warm and friendly community with a climate that provides four distinct seasons, Topeka offers numerous educational, recreational and cultural opportunities.
Public, private, parochial, vocational and technical schools combine to offer educational opportunities for people of all ages. The area's public school system is comprised of 45 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, three magnet schools and seven senior high schools. Topeka is home to Washburn University, which offers a host of associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs for both traditional and non-traditional college students. Three public universities -- Emporia State University, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas -- are within easy commuting distance from Topeka.
Dozens of recreational facilities for softball, golf, swimming, tennis, soccer and volleyball are maintained through entities such as the Topeka and Shawnee County parks and recreation departments. The city is home to the World Famous Topeka Zoo and Heartland Park Topeka, where auto racing enthusiasts gather for NHRA and NASCAR events. A semi-pro collegiate summer baseball team and Washburn athletic teams provide sports entertainment for the entire family.
Live theater and musical performances are offered through the Topeka Civic Theatre, Topeka Performing Arts Center, Washburn University and several community theaters. More than 20 art galleries are located throughout the city. Topeka is home to the Kansas Museum of History and the Combat Air Museum.