This following report analyzes and compares demographics of population, household, and housing unit counts in and around Topeka by using information from the 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2010 Decennial Censuses, which should be useful for government, business, and the general public. The 2010 poverty, income, employment, transportation and educational attainment data is collected from the U. S. Census Bureau’s, American Community Survey 2006-2010 five-year release dataset only. (This information was no longer collected as a part of the Decennial Census starting with 2010.) Poverty and income information for 1980, 1990, and 2000 is collected from those Decennial Censuses since this information was collected in those years.
How We Compare?The section presents a snapshot of Topeka in comparison to several selected Kansas cities. Lawrence, Kansas City (KS), Olathe, Overland Park, and Wichita were selected because they are the primary population centers in Kansas and useful for comparisons purposes to Topeka. Select comparisons are also made with the State of Kansas and United States.
Topeka Planning Areas
The section contains information analyzed according to Topeka’s “Planning Areas”, which are based upon combined Census Tracts in Shawnee County. For this study and for previous Census studies, these planning areas were defined based upon Census Tract boundaries within Topeka and its fringe growth areas to allow for comparisons across political boundaries from 1980-2010. These areas reflect the general urbanized limits of the Topeka metropolitan area. These planning areas are mapped and attached below in relation to the Topeka city limits and growth area.