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Welcome to Topeka ...

The city of Topeka is located in Shawnee County. It is the County Seat and the capital of Kansas.

When the people of Topeka refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Topekan<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Topeka has a population of 125,904 people<2> (see below for details).

Topeka was established in 1854.

The community of Topeka is 930 feet [283 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Topeka lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Topeka is within the (785) area code.

The ZIP codes for Topeka: 66601, 66603-66612, 66614-66622, 66624-66626, 66628-66629, 66634, 66636-66638, 66642, 66647, 66652-66653, 66658, 66667, 66675, 66683, 66686, 66692, 66699<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Topeka had a population of 127,473 people (or 71.64% of the total population of Shawnee County). This makes Topeka the county's most populous community.

The population of Topeka represents 4.47% of the total population of Kansas (which has 2,853,118 people), making it the state's 4th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 127,473 people, the population of Topeka increased 4.16% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 122,377 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Topeka had an population of 125,904 people. This is a decrease of 1.23% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 2.88% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Topeka.

Communities Also Named Topeka ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 6 communities that are also named Topeka - they are located in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Topeka.

Websites for Topeka ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Junior League:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Topeka. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Topeka. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Topeka. Our list includes 293 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Topeka:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Topeka ...

Looking for more information about Topeka? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Topeka, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Topeka.

Communities near Topeka ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Silver Lake   [Map]

Lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the West (W) of Topeka

Carbondale   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South (S) of Topeka

Located in Osage County

Auburn   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Topeka

Rossville   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Topeka

Overbrook   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the South (S) of Topeka

Located in Osage County

Perry   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East (E) of Topeka

Located in Jefferson County

Meriden   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Topeka

Located in Jefferson County

Scranton   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the South (S) of Topeka

Located in Osage County

Lecompton   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East (E) of Topeka

Located in Douglas County

Hoyt   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) of Topeka

Located in Jackson County

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Topeka.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Kansas

About Shawnee County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Topeka:

The official website for Shawnee County:

The official website for State of Kansas:

Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Topeka refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Topeka may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Topeka.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Topeka - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Topeka). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Topeka or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Topeka includes: 66601, 66603, 66604, 66605, 66606, 66607, 66608, 66609, 66610, 66611, 66614, 66615, 66616, 66617, 66618, 66619, 66620, 66621, 66624, 66625, 66628, 66634, 66636, 66637, 66642, 66647, 66652, 66658, 66667, 66675, 66683, 66686, 66692 & 66699.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Topeka) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Topeka. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Topeka

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Topeka. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0460, Longitude: -95.6758     [Map].

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