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Cities in the Spotlight: Topeka

The weather varies significantly in Topeka.

The weather varies significantly in Topeka.

Those who want to move to the Great Plains, but would rather relocate to a city that isn't too overwhelming may benefit from grabbing their moving boxes and heading to Topeka. The city has much to offer, and may be a great place to experience Kansas for the first time.

Topeka has a population of more than 128,000 people, which makes it the fourth-largest city in the state. The capital of Kansas uses the Topeka Metro system, which can help you get around the city more easily through the many bus lines in the area.

Topeka has hot summers and cold winters, which may be attractive if you enjoy different seasons. The city's average summer high temperature is 90 degrees, and the average winter low temperature is 20 degrees, according to The Weather Channel.

There are multiple places of higher education in the city, which could make the move great if you plan to attend classes in the area. Washburn University is located in the city, as is the Washburn Institute of Technology and Freinds University. Meanwhile, there are other options outside of the city. The University of Kansas isn't far from Topeka, as it is just 30 minutes east of the city. Kansas State University, located in Manhattan, is approximately one hour west of Topeka.

Topeka offers multiple minor league sports including the North American Hockey League's Roadrunners and the American Professional Football League's Koyotes. If you prefer college sports, you can get NCAA Division I options through both the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. Wichita State University also offers Division I sports, and it is approximately two hours away.

Kansas Capital offers many historical options
American history buffs may enjoy Topeka, as it is the site of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling that ended school segregation in the United States. Topeka offers a National Historic Site in the downtown area for residents and visitors, alike.

The Kansas History Museum is also located in the state capital. For a small fee, you and your family or friends can view exhibits and other recreations of Kansas' history. The Kansas State Capitol building has a tour center, and you can examine the state house's artwork and history at no cost.