Topeka is a city of around 127,000 residents in northeast Kansas and is the state’s capital. It has a history almost as old as the United States itself and was important in the struggle against segregation, with the city’s Monroe Elementary School being one of the segregated schools involved in the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision to end segregation in public schools. Topeka is known as "The Capitol City" and the importance of its position can be seen in the grand Kansas State Capitol building, built between 1866 and 1903 and featuring renowned murals by John Steuart Curry. To find out more about the city, expats living in Topeka can join the online international expatriate community at InterNations. On this platform, they can mix with other global minds and benefit from local insights.
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Topeka is situated on a number of interstate highways and major roads, including I-70, I-335 and I-470. It is also served by US-24, US-40 and US-75. The Philip Billard Municipal Airport is situated in the Oakland area of Topeka and Topeka Regional Airport can be found south of Topeka. The nearest international airport is Kansas City International Airport, some 73 miles from the city center. Topeka is also on the Amtrak passenger rail service between Chicago and Los Angeles. Next to easy access to the city, expatriates moving to Topeka will also find an excellent choice of housing. Downtown Topeka has many apartment, loft and condominium developments along the Kansas River Corridor and across the river the historic North Topeka area has enjoyed major streetscape improvements and the renovation of the Great Overland Station. Expats in Topeka can consult other international residents on the forums of InterNations to gather information on the best neighborhoods in which to live.
Due to its status as the state capital of Kansas, Topeka’s largest single employer is the State of Kansas itself, which employs over 8,000 people. Education and health care are also important sectors. The retail sector is next biggest in terms of employment, followed by manufacturing and a growing service sector. In addition to these, Topeka is also a busy railway good hub with more than 1,000 people employed in the rail sector. To take advantage of the many employment opportunities, expatriates working in Topeka can join InterNations and network to make new professional connections. These useful online facilities are complemented by the Expat Magazine, InterNations’ in-house collection of articles and tips on living the expatriate life.