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Area Description

Topeka – the capital of Kansas – is situated in Shawnee County, in the northeast quadrant
of a state located in the center of the United States. Topeka offers four seasons,
beautiful rolling hills, friendly people anda willing workforce.

Spring often arrives in early March. Summers pass with only a few 100-degree days. Nearly 70 percent of the annual precipitation falls between April and September. Autumn offers warm days
with cool nights and colorful foliage. Winter usually arrives by December.

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Area Amenities

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   Leisure time in Topeka is always exciting, whether you’re looking for nightlife,
weekend activities – with or without kids – or an evening out. For nightlife,
you’ll find live music venues to fit any taste, as well as several great clubs, bars
and restaurants that keep the party going through the night.

The Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, the only commercial brewery in Topeka,
is locally owned and offers award winning beers, an extensive menu and family
dining with a kid-friendly atmosphere. Blind Tiger brews about 1,200 barrels of
craft beer each year and approximately one dozen great tasting craft beers are on
tap at any given time.

For blues and jazz enthusiasts, relax, unwind and enjoy the great sounds at
Uncle Bo’s Blues Bar in the lower level of the Ramada Convention Center in
downtown Topeka.

For the early risers, Topeka has great parks and trails for biking,
running, rollerblading and walking the dog. It’s easy to forget
the urban life by watching the sun rise over the vast green spaces of
Gage Park or by escaping into the winding paths of Shunga Trail.

Topeka is a regional cultural center as well. For music lovers,
there’s the Topeka Symphony, with several live concerts every
year, as well as frequent band performances at the Gage Park
amphitheatre. Art lovers will enjoy the monthly First Friday
Artwalks, as well as the expanding NOTO Arts District. Theatre buffs
can catch shows at the Helen Hocker Theater, Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy, Topeka Performing Arts Center or Washburn University’s theater.

Sports enthusiasts will have a ball in Topeka, too. Washburn University has
10 different men’s and women’s NCAA Division II athletics teams. And speaking
of sports, Hummer Sports Park and Natatorium hosts national, state and local
events, including the NJCAA Division lll Soccer and USA Swimming’s Central Zone
championships. Don’t miss your chance to cheer on the Roadrunners hockey team
in the winter, the Kansas Koyotes indoor football team in the spring and the Golden
Giants baseball team in the summer.

If you would rather participate, Shawnee County Parks and Recreation offers a
variety of sporting options for people of all ages to get involved in, and there are
club teams for youth trying to enhance their skills in track, soccer, basketball,
football and more.

There’s plenty to do on a weekly basis in Topeka. The Farmer’s Market is
open every Saturday during the warmer months, with local produce and crafts for
sale. Downtown Topeka hosts myriad events for all ages from a “Tough Truck”
event for youngsters to a “Do the Dart” Downtown Adventure Race for young
professionals. There are even events for those who prefer adult beverages, blues
and jazz and antique car shows.

Every weekend seems to have some events happening, from Cider Days and the Fiesta
Mexicana, to the Huff n’ Puff Balloon Rally and Paws in the Park. There’s always
something to celebrate in Topeka. With so much to do, it’s just a matter of finding
the lifestyle and activities that fit you.


Cultural Activities





THEATRE
The excitement of live theatre can be experienced nearly every night at
Topeka Performing Arts Center, Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy, Helen Hocker
Theater and Washburn University. Theater also is alive and well at venues
such as the Break Room and Warehouse 414 in downtown Topeka. Volunteers are
welcome to participate as ushers, tech support, performers and much more!

THEATRE
The excitement of live theatre can be experienced nearly every night at
Topeka Performing Arts Center, Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy, Helen Hocker
Theater and Washburn University. Theater also is alive and well at venues
such as the Break Room and Warehouse 414 in downtown Topeka. Volunteers are
welcome to participate as ushers, tech support, performers and much more!

MUSIC
Topeka’s Symphony Orchestra, Community Concert Association, Opera
Society and Jazz Workshops offer a variety of entertainment by local,
regional and national performers. The Sunflower Music Festival brings
professional musicians from across the country to Washburn University each
June, and Shawnee County Parks and Recreation features local musical groups
in area parks during the summer months. In addition, there are venues for local
and regional bands, and Topeka is known as a popular spot for local and national
blues performers. You’ll also find myriad events downtown that feature local and
regional artists.

VISUAL ARTS
Topeka has over 20 art galleries devoted to furthering artistic expression and
appreciation. The Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University and the Topeka
& Shawnee County Public Library maintain permanent collections and
offer special exhibits. Community events such as the Mulvane Art Fair, the Aaron
Douglas Art Fair, Apple Festival and Cider Days give area artists opportunities
to display and sell their works. First Friday events each month showcase the
galleries, and many business venues show art by local artists.

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Medical Facilities


Topeka’s regional medical community is nationally recognized for offering high
quality, low cost care. A multitude of community outreach services, including
neighborhood clinics, prevention programs and services for children and
low income individuals are provided by two general hospitals and five specialized
hospitals that collectively employ more than 7,500 persons. Specialized infant
care, rehabilitation services, surgical procedures, older adult programs and
comprehensive heart services are offered in high-tech, newly remodeled facilities.

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 Jan  20.0  30.0  40.0  0.9 "
 Feb  24.0  34.5  45.0  1.4 "
 Mar  33.0  44.5  56.0  2.5 "
 Apr  44.0  55.5  67.0  3.5 "
 May  54.0  65.0  76.0  4.9 "
 Jun  64.0  74.5  85.0  5.4 "
 Jul  69.0  79.5  90.0  3.8 "
 Aug  66.0  77.5  89.0  4.2 "
 Sep  56.0  68.0  80.0  3.7 "
 Oct  45.0  56.5  68.0  3.0 "
 Nov  33.0  44.0  55.0  1.9 "
 Dec  22.0  32.0  42.0  1.4 "


Topeka offers four seasons, beautiful rolling hills, friendly people and
a willing workforce. Spring often arrives in early March. Summers pass with only a
few 100-degree days. Nearly 70 percent of the annual precipitation falls between April
and September. Autumn offers warm days with cool nights and colorful foliage. Winter
usually arrives by December.

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Cost of Living for Topeka, KS

Topeka, Kansas cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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COMPARABLE HOME PRICE
INFORMATION
Average Sales Price For Given Criteria Kansas City, Missouri $113,718
Topeka, Kansas $130,251
Little Rock, Arkansas $134,703
Wichita, Kansas $143,208
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma $167,967
Des Moines, Iowa $168,712
Springfield, Missouri $176,889
Indianapolis, Indiana $187,037
Houston, Texas $191,013
Dallas, Texas $192,358
Olathe, Kansas $210,673
Overland Park, Kansas $218,496
Austin, Texas $304,585
Denver, Colorado $390,436

Source: Coldwell Banker November 2013
(http://HLR.ColdwellBanker.com/FullData.html)

Prices represent the average home listing price of
four-bedroom, two full bathroom properties listed
between September 2011 and March 2012.

Senior Assistance in Topeka, KS

Topeka, Kansas offers the following assistance for seniors:


Topeka offers a wide range of services. Senior living communities provide lifestyles and daily activities attractive to seniors. In addition, those over the age of 60 living in Kansas have option of auditing classes at Washburn University- from exercise classes to foreign languages to history classes.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

Many organizations have discovered that seniors offer skills and expertise suitable for employment in many fields. There are also many volunteer opportunities at the Civic Theatre, library, social service agencies and schools, just to name a few.

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