Topeka is known to be the capital city of the state of Kansas. The city in the past was inhabited by various tribes with leadership changing regularly from the 16th century to the 18th. Additionally, the ferry service in the city was made during the year 1840 and it became easier for settlers to cross the river to land in this part of the United States.
Topeka had a major disaster in the form of a tornado in the year 1966 and resulted in a $100 million worth of damage. Anyway, the city got back on track pretty quickly and even population growth started to take place. Currently, it is one of the top growing cities in the country and also boasts of several attractions for its tourists.
Population of Topeka in 2020:
To find out the population of Topeka in 2020, the population figures for the last 5 years need to be checked. They are as follows:
- 2015 –127,265
- 2016 – 127,225
- 2017 – 127,187
- 2018 – 127,147
- 2019 – 127,003
After going through the data figures from 2015-19; it is evident that the population of Topeka is on a low with a decline of 262 in the past 5 years. In terms of average, every year the population declines by 52.4. Additionally, the population in 2020 is expected to be 127,003 – 52.4 = 126,950.6. To conclude, the population of Topeka in 2020 as per estimates = 126,950.6.
Demography of Topeka:
Almost 79% of the population are white, 11% Black, 2% Asian, 2% Native American, and others make up the remainder. The median age in the city is 37.2 years with a sex ratio of 52% females and 48% males. 90% of the population in Topeka speaks English with a good number of French and Spanish speakers as well.
Population Density and Growth of Topeka:
Topeka has a population density of 800 persons per square kilometer. The city had a strong population growth in the past but the thing has drastically changed with continuous negative population growth in the recent past. Anyway, things are expected to change as estimates say that there will be strong positive population growth in the coming years.
Facts About Topeka:
- The city has been the capital of Kansas since the state became a part of the Union in 1861. Also, the name of the city usually means, “Ideal place to dig potatoes” in the Native American language.
- During the year 2010, the city changed its name to Google for light-hearted fun. Though this was just temporary Google came up with a clever idea on April Fool’s Day by announcing that the name Google will be renamed as Topeka. This was more of friendly fun banter between the city and the search engine giant.
- Charles Curtis was the solitary Native American to serve as the vice President of the United States was born in the city of Topeka. His tenure as being the Vice President was from the year 1928-32.
- The weather conditions in Topeka are mostly on the extreme side with hot and humid summers that make you drenched and also super cold winters that will require warm clothing for you.
- Topeka does have a diverse population with people from different countries living here together and serving their purpose of having a better standard of living. Latinos are in great numbers over here as well as Black make up a sizable number within the city. Asians are less in number as compared to other races but do have a good number of them in certain areas of the city.