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.
There are 60,000 university students within a 60-mile radius of Topeka. With Topeka’s own Washburn University flanked by Kansas University 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.
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.
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.
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.
Bright and energetic young professionals find a community ready to welcome their talents and involvement. The Forge program through the Topeka Chamber is designed just for YP’s and offers educational, social, networking and philanthropic activities.
Topeka is right in the middle of a bioscience corridor second to none in the nation. With life and animal science research happening right here in Topeka, coupled with assets from our neighboring communities we visualize ever-growing research opportunities for individuals and companies alike.
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!
GO Topeka, 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.
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.